Look Good, Feel Better

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Women cancer patients are looking good and feeling better thanks to The Health and Wellness Center's seminar at Greenwood Mall.

Look Good Feel Better is meant to be a first step toward self-esteem and emotional recovery for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Barbara Young has ovarian cancer. She said not only does chemotherapy tire her out, it also causes her to loose her hair and dries out her nails and skin.

"My doctor told me in the very beginning, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize," Young said.

Look Good Feel Better was created to help female cancer patients feel better about themselves by teaching beauty care secrets that everyone with cancer should know.

"They learn how to take care of their hair, their skin, their nails and its just a very rewarding thing for the patients," said Teresa Tabor, certified Cosmetologist and Look Good Feel Better volunteer.

Tabor said she also teaches about cleanliness because cancer patients are more susceptible to getting sick.

"They have to be very, very careful about bacteria during their time of treatments so there's a lot of things we tell them about sanitizing that a lot of people don't think about wearing gloves doing certain things," Tabor said.

Tabor also said she's never had anyone leave the session not feeling a little bit better about themselves.

"Usually by the end of the session everyone is laughing, cutting up and they're saying I didn't know that, that's something I can do," Tabor said.

The learning session ends up being therapy.

"It usually motivates them a little bit and makes them feel like just because I don't feel well some days I can still look better and that will make them feel better," Tabor said.

"Know you're not the only one that's having to go through this," Young said.

By the session's end Barbara and her new friends felt better than ever.

Look Good Feel Better is free for all female cancer patients.

Tabor said all participants receive a makeup bag with a variety of cosmetics to use during and after the session.

She said The American Cancer Society gives a free wig to all women with cancer.

For more information on the Look Good ... Feel Better program, check out their website at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

Upcoming Look Good ... Feel Better programs will be held on:
June 11 from 2-4 p.m.
August 12 from 2-4 p.m.

A volunteer training for licensed cosmetologists will also be held next Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the American Cancer Society at 782.9036.

For more information on cancer support from The American Cancer Society, click here, or visit their website at www.cancer.org.


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