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Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Jill Brzezinski-Conley

Fabulous Friday Female Jill Brzezinski-ConleyThis week’s Fabulous Friday Female is Jill Brzezinski-Conley.

Jill’s story is very touching, and given that she is only a couple of years older than me it’s one that really resonates with me.

This beautiful video tells a little of Jill’s story and her desire to inspire and help other women around the world who might be coping with conditions that have affected how their bodies look.

Here’s Jill’s story:

I was 32 when diagnosed with breast cancer & had a double mastectomy. My battle has been brutal but I see myself as survivor.  All I want is to help others.

Jill’s story has spread fast across the globe and she is overwhelmed by the support she’s received from so many. This site was created so  those who love Jill and are praying for her,  can share her journey, and for Jill to share with you, her story. It’s a place for Jill to help others. This remarkable young woman will change the way you live.

“I think the hardest time for me is the summer time. I  feel my self esteem kind of gets tested. I sit at the pool and I stare at these women who are so lucky to have these beautiful breasts that I once had and maybe I took them for gratide. Then I find myself snapping back into reality and I then look down at my breasts and I think why am I even complaining, I AM ALIVE!!!”

Jill Brzezinski-Conley was diagnosed with Stage IIIC invasive breast cancer one day before her 32nd birthday on July 15th 2009 – just 6 months after she married the man of her dreams. Her journey began with the most progressive form of treatment available. Contrary to what most people think, the younger you are, the more aggressive breast cancer can be. Jill’s treatment included 16 rounds of grueling chemotherapy, 31 rounds of radiation and 4 surgeries including a double mastectomy with additional surgery ahead. During her treatment she suffered a broken rib and endured serious complications after her reconstructive surgery. However her strength and determination proved pivotal, and after 2 years Jill was in remission and now considers herself a survivor.

Unfortunately 12 months later Jill found out she had developed bone cancer and at 35 years old, the prognosis is terminal. Through all of this, Jill has kept her wit, determination, and never ending smile, with no room for self pity, while frequently making jokes about her baldness, lack of eyebrows and eyelashes. Her sense of humor, courage, positive attitude and inner beauty is truly remarkable. Anyone who has ever met Jill will tell you that she leaves you with a lasting impression. The room lights up upon her arrival.

In September 2012, Jill’s best friend Nikki Closser reached out to world acclaimed portrait photographer Sue Bryce. Sue was so overwhelmed with Jill’s story and the message she wanted to share with the world, that she was instantly determined to help this beautiful girl spread that message. Sue arranged for Nikki and Jill to meet her in Paris where she would photograph Jill, capture her incredible beauty and help to tell her story to inspire others and educate the world about Breast Cancer. In Jill’s own words, to help women – even one woman. A fabulous documentary was filmed in Paris by Hailey Bartholomew and soon after Sue and Hailey had created The Light That Shines.

“There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton.

What’s beautiful to me is that this story has three fabulous females in it.  Jill, her friend Nikki and the wonderful photographer who helped her to share her story, Sue Bryce.

So today I would like you to join me in acknowledging and celebrating Jill’s inspirational story, the sisterhood and support of her friend Nikki and the generosity of Sue to help to share this incredible woman’s message with the world.  

“Beauty is the light in the heart”…it’s important for every woman to know that light exists within her own heart (regardless of any scars on the inside or outside), and to let it shine for all to see.

To help and support Jill on her journey, you can connect with her here: https://www.facebook.com/JillBrzezinskiConleyBreastFriends or http://jillfightscancer.com/

 

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

This week’s Fabulous Friday Female is Alice Pyne

Alice Pyne Fabulous Friday FemaleThis week’s Fabulous Friday Female is very dear to my heart, the incredibly inspiring Alice Pyne.

Alice shot to internet fame in 2011 when after being diagnosed with terminal Hodgkins Lymphoma her mother suggested that she start a blog and a bucket list.

Little did she know how many lives she would touch from this one little website.

After one of her friends posted the blog on Facebook the website went viral:

Unfortunately I am very sad to say that last weekend Alice, in her mother’s words ‘gained her angel wings’ after passing while surrounded by her close family.

Alice’s story is one that touched me personally.  When doing my marathon training in 2011, and opting to dedicate each training session to a different person who was unable to run for themselves, I dedicated this run to Alice.  It was probably one of the most empowering and inspiring runs I’ve ever done…and for that I will always be grateful to Alice…but in addition to that she inspired me to ignore my needle phobia entirely and register as a bone marrow donor.

As part of her bucket list, Alice has been single-handedly responsible for over 40,000 people joining the register…and I’m proud to say that I’m one of them.  If you would like to join us to help save other lives like Alice’s, then you can sign up here.

Other items that Alice completed as part of her bucket list were to swim with sharks, went to her school leavers’ prom, set up her own charity, and met the band Take That.  Now her parents Vicky and Simon have insisted they will continue fundraising on behalf of their late daughter – and her sister Milly, 14, is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity later this year.

Alice touched so many lives and there were a flood of tributes from people all over the world

One of Alice’s final legacies was to set up the charity Alice’s Escapes, which helps parents with a seriously ill child go on holiday.  Last year Alice and her sister Milly were awarded a British Empire Medal for services to charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She also won the Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage award.

On completing her bucket list she said ‘I never expected it to be published to the whole world. I didn’t even expect to get the majority of my wishes fulfilled. Words can’t really explain it but I’m so happy it is done.’

So today I would like you to join me in celebrating the life of this beautiful, inspiring young woman, who touched so many lives, and will save many more through her tireless efforts to sign up more bone marrow donors to help others like her.  The loss of her life is very sad…and yet there is so much we can learn from her…she lived more in her 17 years than most people do in a lifetime…I hope many are inspired by her example… x

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

Merry Christmas…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Hannah Foxley!

Hannah Foxley Fabulous Friday Female Feminine 1stToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is Hannah Foxley.

As I mentioned when I started doing the Fabulous Friday Female, this project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.

So a huge thanks goes out to Salli Glover who stepped forward and asked me to feature her friend Hannah Foxley as one of our Fabulous Friday Females.

Here’s what Salli had to say about Hannah:

Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU?

I met Hannah Foxley 3 months ago as she came to an event of mine & then joined the Scarlett Programme.

Hannah had breast cancer last year, not just once but twice, resulting in a year long rollercoaster ride of chemo, radiotherapy and eventually a full mastectomy.

All this came immediately following the death of her Father & Hannah had to work a full time job throughout as she had no financial protection.

In the space of 3 short months Hannah has quit that job which she hated and bravely started her own business as The Women’s Wealth Expert…Her mission being to ensure that no woman has to suffer as she did because they’re not protected, she is also passionate about helping women going through a divorce… any woman dealing with an unexpected life event.

She has created a facebook group called Beauty Beyond Scars for other women going through breast cancer and she very bravely shares powerful images of herself post mastectomy and inspires her members with inspirational words.

Finally, she has become an Ambassador for Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity & is aiming to get hundreds of women committed to raising £1000 each for the charity as well as bringing the charity media attention through her Beauty Beyond Scars images…

Hannah said of herself recently ‘I may have lost a boob but I’ve grown some balls!’ And she really has (whilst remaining gorgeously feminine!) I have never seen someone so bravely and courageously take themselves on to make a difference to others & the world.

You can see Hannah Foxley’s inspiring TEDx Talk here:

So please join me today in acknowledging and celebrating the Hannah for the inspiration she is sharing with others through bravely teling her own incredible story!

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Would you like to know how easy it is to inspire someone?

inspireInspiration is a funny thing.

We can inspire people in so many situations, often when we’re not intending to inspire, that’s when we can inspire the most.

I’m very lucky in that I’m easily inspired.  People inspire me every day.

But do you realise how easy it is to inspire others?  It only takes a little effort or a little time and you can have a profound affect on someone’s day / month / year / life.

It doesn’t take a lot, just to want to make a difference to someone else.  For no other reason than ‘you can’.

In the last couple of months a group of friends and I have been blessed with the opportunity to inspire other people…some friends, some strangers… every time it touches my heart.

If you want an opportunity to act right from the heart, to connect back to what’s important to you, to remember who you are at your core, to just ‘be’ who you are…find an opportunity to inspire someone else.

The funny thing is that we sort of ‘fell’ into doing these things.  There was no big master plan to ‘inspire the world’…the opportunities kept coming up and we kept taking them.

It began when a friend of ours was having a bit of a tough time.  She had lost someone close to her and was finding it a hard journey.

A lot of her friends weren’t close to her geographically and wanted to offer some support and love.

So we each recorded a short video for her and one of us brought them all together to create a message that genuinely touched her heart:

http://tiny.cc/sannehugs

When a few weeks later another friend posted online that someone very close to him and his family seemed to be losing their battle with cancer they wanted some advice on how to inspire her and lift her spirits in her final days.

Although many of us didn’t know Jan or her family directly, we all came together to show love and support for her with another video compilation that touched her heart and the hearts of the people who were closest to her:

http://tiny.cc/janhugs

Jan died a short while later, but knowing that we had brought a smile to her and her loved ones in such a difficult time meant so much.

The last video we did was for a very dear friend whose son tragically decided to move on from this life only a few short weeks ago.

He had so many friends around the world who wanted to reach out in support of him to show how much they cared.

Between us we put together this message for him to show that we were all there with him to help him through this difficult time:

http://tiny.cc/garyhugs

In addition to this we’ve taken opportunities to be part of global flashmobs for peace, to give out free hugs and smiles around London, and another video project is in the making for a special little boy who is inspiring others with his journey.

If you would like to get involved in this new video, click here to see how to join us – all you need is a webcam and the desire to make a little boy smile: https://www.facebook.com/groups/459281954104118/

But inspiration doesn’t have to be big…it doesn’t have to change the world.  It can be as simple as making another person smile…just by giving them one of your own.

Inspiration is easy…and it changes people.  When you’ve inspired someone once, it lights a fire inside you to want to do it again.  When you’ve seen that you can affect someone else’s life for the better, you can’t help but want to do it again and again and again.

Inspiration is one of the key aspects of femininity…inspiring others just by being ‘you’ and doing something from the heart is one of the most powerful things that a feminine woman can do.

So the question is – who do you want to inspire today?

Stay Fabulous,

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the wonderful Madison “Peach” Steiner

Madison "Peach" SteinerToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is the wonderful Madison “Peach” Steiner!

A friend of mine brought Madison to my attention this week and as soon as I heard her story I knew she was going to be this week’s Fabulous Friday Female.

Madison is the founder of “Peach’s Neet Feet” (PNF), which is a grassroots custom shoe donation project. She hand paints and donates canvas shoes for children battling cancer, serious illness, and lifelong disabilities.

Watch this short, incredibly heartwarming and inspiring video to see the amazing work she does and how it transforms the lives of the families that her kindness touches…

Here is the message that Madison shares from her site:

I am the founding artist and I have three other guest artists. We customize each shoe to complement the deserving child’s life, interests, and courageous fight! Most of the art used is original and we are open to all ideas and themes.

As a young girl, I have always been driven to help others, to make a difference in the world some way. I truly enjoy art and what it does for the soul. It can bring joy to those who do it, and to those who look at it. With Peachs’ Neet Feet, something as small as a pair of shoes painted with a child’s name and interests can bring a smile to their face and it gives them something that is theirs and only theirs.

PNF is spreading inspiration, smiles and creativity. My passion is art, and the art of giving. -Peach

Madison has brought together two of my absolute favourite things in life…shoes and kindness to others…so I would like for you to join me today in acknowledging and celebrating her amazing mission, and beautiful heart.

Please take a moment to visit her website and find out more about what she does and how you can support her: http://peachsneetfeet.com/

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Lynne Hazelden!

Lynne HazeldenFor those of you who have been following my recent posts, it will come as no surprise to you that today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the incredible Lynne Hazelden.

When Lynne discovered she had breast cancer in 2010, aged 51, she knew she was in for a very tough time. Not only because the treatments for cancer in the UK are known to be aggressive but because her health was already seriously compromised due to a rare mercury and amalgam allergy, diagnosed at Guys Hospital in 1995. An allergic reaction to fillings had left her health and energy seriously impaired and her body highly sensitive to conventional drugs.

Lynne, who has made appearances in ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Judge John Deed’ as well as working voluntarily with young people on The Hunger Project and for peace organisations, bravely decided to have a mastectomy. The aggressive effects that chemotherapy and other therapies can have, Lynne felt could be too much for her already compromised health.

While the surgery was successful, Lynne recently discovered another lump in her reconstructed breast and learned the cancer had affected her lymph nodes too. The second lump and some lymph nodes have now been removed but she doesn’t intend to take it easy until she’s not only raised the funds she needs for own treatment but awareness in the UK of the much kinder treatments for cancer that are proving successful in other countries.

Lynne has discovered new and successful pioneering treatment in Israel at the International Centre for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy. The centre specialises in treatments for cancer which include a broad range of personalised therapies. With out help, Lynne is hoping to have treatment herself there but to also bring knowledge of the kinder treatments on offer to patients in the UK.

I personally feel that Lynne’s determination to help others through her own circumstances in spite of her compromised health is truly inspiring, and I would love for you to join me in celebrating her as today’s Fabulous Friday Female!

If you would like to help Lynne and her cause, then remember to Pay Forward a Pound (if you missed the post earlier this week you can find out how to help with just £1 here: http://feminine1st.com/pay-forward-a-pound-for-lynne/) to do your bit right now to help save Lynne’s life.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

My Second Pay It Forward Experiment – Pay Forward a Pound to Save Lynne’s Life

So yesterday I shared my first Pay It Forward Experiment….today I’m sharing the second.  This is not any old experiment.  This has the potential to save a human life.

I have a question for you.

If you could save a human life right now with just £1…would you do it?

£1 is less than the price of a loaf of bread.

But £1 from you, plus three simple posts on either Facebook or Twitter is all it will take to save a life.

Lynne HazeldenA friend of mine, Lynne Hazelden, is battling breast cancer….having already lost her mother to cancer at just 12 years old.

She has already had a mastectomy, but has discovered a lump in her reconstructed breast…something that is quite rare.

Unfortunately, due to chemical sensitivities she is unable to undergo the usual treatment, available here in the UK, to tackle this disease.

In spite of her own ill health, Lynne is using her rare situation to help raise awareness and support for others who urgently need to find alternative cancer therapies which are not widely available.

There is hope for Lynne.

There is a treatment available in Israel that could save her life.

But in order to begin her treatment, Lynne needs to raise £30,000 in the next three weeks ….she then has to raise the funds to complete the therapy which could save her life.

The total amount to raise is £100,000.

With your help, she can get it.

(Click here to read more about Lynne’s story: http://kindercancerchoices.me/lynnes-story/)

Pay It ForwardThrough some inspiration from a few amazing friends (thank you to each and every one of you, you know who you are)…I realised that this target is not only possible, but through pay it forward it could be done in just 12 days!

As you probably know by now, Pay It Forward is about the exponential growth of kindness.

You do one kind thing for 3 people…asking them to each do something kind for 3 other people…and on it spreads.

So my new experiment is about “Paying Forward a Pound”.

The idea is very simple.

  • You donate £1 to Lynne’s treatment fund.
  • You pass on the message to 3 friends, asking them to each “Pay Forward a Pound” for Lynne
  • Each of them pass on the message to 3 friends….who pass on the message to 3 friends…and the ripple spreads…
  • In 12 days Lynne will reach her target and will be able to begin her lifesaving treatment.

So how do you “Pay Forward a Pound” for Lynne?

It’s easy.

There are just 2 simple steps.

1. Donate £1 now via the Just Giving website or Text donations:

2. Send the message about Pay Forward a Pound to 3 friends now, by just copying and pasting the text below:

  • Facebook / Google +  / Email  – Would you like to save a life today?  Pay forward just £1 now and in 3 weeks we will have saved the life of an incredible lady who is battling breast cancer – Visit here to learn about Paying Forward a Pound for Lynne: http://feminine1st.com/pay-forward-a-pound-for-lynne/. #PayItForward
  • Twitter / Text Message – Please pay forward a Pound now to save @LynneHazelden ‘s life clicky.me/72oz #PayItForward

As you know, feminine women are all about collaborating, working together, supporting each other, and emotionally connecting with others.  I say let’s tap into these natural gifts and use them to help save an amazing lady’s life.

By acting now, we will give Lynne the gift of her future.

Please, do your part to make this experiment a success.

Remember to Pay it Forward…

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

Last Christmas?

Couple Hug Last ChristmasI love Christmas time.

It’s all about fun, family, friends…a season of magic to warm up the chill of winter outside. It’s a chance to be a big kid (not that I need any excuse!) and indulge in all the things that we spend the rest of the year saying “oh I shouldn’t…” to.

It’s also the time of year where you get to hear from people that you haven’t heard from in the last 12 months, and often haven’t seen in much longer.

When the Christmas cards started appearing a few weeks ago, it was great hearing all the little bits of news that get included with the greetings inside.

One card however, had some news that we weren’t expecting.

News that came as quite a shock.

A family friend wrote and told us that her son lost his battle with colon cancer in November.

He was 30.

Now…this might sound like a bit of a depressing topic to be sharing in an inspiring newsletter just before Christmas…but bear with me…there is a string of festive fairy lights at the end of the tunnel, I promise.

I would like to say that Steven is the first person who I have known who has parted this life early. Unfortunately I can’t.

I lost a dear friend from university to cancer in her early twenties, one of my parents’ closest friends lost his wife to a sudden brain haemorrhage, my sister lost a friend from school to cancer, and a few years back a friend and shining light in the salsa dancing community was taken from us in a car accident at the age of 24.

I have been reflecting on this a lot in the last couple of days…and it occurred to me that none of the people I have mentioned here would have had any clue that their last Christmas, was their last Christmas.

If they had known, what would they have done differently? If they had the chance to have another ‘last Christmas’ what would they do to make it the most magical of all?

Now, I hope for myself and each and every one of you that we will all live long and happy lives into old age, spending many Christmases to come filled with fun and laughter, surrounded by friends and family all driving us crazy and creating more special memories together.

But if this were your last Christmas, what would YOU do to make it the most magical? What would you make sure you said to the people you love? How would you enjoy every single moment?

What are the insignificant niggles that you would let go because they just don’t matter? What are the moments that you would take a mental photograph of? How would you make every minute with the people you care about most matter? What could you do to make it the best Christmas you and your family and friends have ever had?

As some of you know, when I was doing my marathon training earlier this year (temporarily on pause due to injury and business launches…it will be recommencing in the new year!) I had a revelation which totally changed the experience of running for me.

I realised that there must be hundreds of thousands of people in the world who would love to be able to experience what I was doing on my morning run, but couldn’t (for whatever reason). So I began running for them.

Each session was dedicated to someone else who couldn’t run for themselves…and when I ran, I ran the way I imagined that they would if they had the opportunity to run just once. It was a total game changer for me. Something which once felt like a chore became an incredible experience filled with gratitude and fun.

Now I know, that every single one of those people who didn’t realise that they were experiencing their last Christmas would LOVE the opportunity to have just one last festive season with their closest family and friends.

I’m sure that every single one of us knows someone who didn’t know they were having their last Christmas with someone special, whether they are the person who is still here, or the one who left before they expected to.

So how about you celebrate this Christmas in their spirit? Enjoy every moment of this Christmas season the way that they would if they had the chance to do it again. To soak up every second and make memories which you will all cherish.

…and why not celebrate every special occasion…even every day like it were our last? We would focus on the best of each moment, and instantly dismiss any minor frustrations which don’t mean anything when you look at the big picture. What memories we would create!

I don’t know about you…but if my lifetime is going to be the long and happy one that I fully intend for it to be, then I want it to be filled with THOSE kinds of memories. 😀

How about you?

I wish every single one of you a Christmas celebrated with the people who you love as if it were the last you were going to get. One filled with happiness, laughter and love.

Stay Fabulous,

Claire x

Battling the effects of cancer on femininity…

Hey ladies,

I wanted to share a link with you – http://clicky.me/6kmV – I saw it a couple of weeks ago and thought it was absolutely fantastic.  The story is about an organisation based initially in the US which has now also extended all over the world called “Look Good, Feel Better” who hold free skincare and make-up workshops to help women combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and well being.

Look Good Feel Better LogoHaving known several people who have faced or are currently dealing with cancer, I’m sure that when anyone is diagnosed, their initial thoughts aren’t focused on their femininity.  The article however, points out that the effect that both the disease and the treatment have on how you view yourself as a woman can be devastating.  One of the ladies interviewed says “The treatment can make an attack on your femininity, even if the effects are not as visible as others. It can feel like a very serious change to how you view yourself.”

The idea is that by offering beauty makeovers to the patients it can help them rediscover their femininity.  The ladies who attend the sessions see them as a way of rediscovering their feminine identities and counteracting the physical effects of the disease as well as getting to meet and get support from others who are going through the same experience as they are.

Debbie Blackwell, charity coordinator says “When they look in the mirror, they no longer see the cancer, but how they should look…It is lovely to see them smile again.”

I cannot imagine when facing so much physical, mental and emotional turmoil what it must be like to feel that you’ve lost such a fundamental part of your identity as well, and I think that the organisers at “Look Good, Feel Better” are doing an amazing job.  To help someone to give themselves back the gift of femininity is a wonderful thing, and I’m delighted to know that there are organisations like this out there helping women in one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Equador, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and have programmes for women, men and teens.  They are always looking for help through donations, sponsorship and volunteers so if you’d like to get involved visit http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/programs/international-programs to find your local team.

I personally think that this is an incredible initiative and I will be getting in touch with the UK branch to see what I can do to help and support them in their mission, which is so close to my heart.

The question is, what can you do?

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x