For Laura, the few hours that she recently spent at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario have been the best ones she’s had in a while.
“I feel much more confident about myself than I have in a long time as a result of my afternoon here,” says Laura. “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this workshop to any woman who is undergoing cancer treatment.”
A breast cancer patient, Laura is one of the most recent participants in the Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) workshop that is run out of the cancer centre. A volunteer run program, LGFB is a free beauty workshop that gives Canadian women the tools and techniques to feel beautiful and vital. Led by a team of cosmetic professionals, LGFB offers women the finest in skin care, wig selection and makeup techniques in a series of signature steps, each designed to encourage women to look and feel their best.
“For the ladies who come to these workshops we sometimes have tears but it’s mainly laughter as they get to connect with one another and share their experience and learn some beauty techniques to help them feel more confident,” says Bea, a volunteer with the LGFB program. “Through this workshop women will learn beauty techniques to help them get comfortable with their changing body while they undergo cancer treatments, but more importantly will get to meet and connect with other women and know that they’re not alone in their experience.”
The Look Good Feel Better program runs on a monthly basis over a period of two hours and is open to any patient receiving cancer treatment. It’s free to register and attend and participants receive a gift bag of products and a step-by-step guide to take home with them.
For anyone unsure if this is the right workshop for them, the recent LGFB attendee Laura encourages you to take the time and attend one.
“This is a small blip in your schedule of appointments, but this is one where you get to sit down and do something for yourself, to make you feel better about yourself. The most important takeaway from this workshop is the opportunity to connect with other women who can relate to the experience you are going through; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone.”
To learn more about this workshop or to register for an upcoming one, please speak to a member of your care team or visit www.lgfb.ca