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.
Having 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?