They have fliers and schedules in my oncologist's office that I have looked at but from reading those it sounds like their primary focus is on applying make up. Since I rarely wore make up before DX, and I don't plan on starting now, it just didn't seem like something that would be useful for me.
Has anyone participated in the Look Good Feel Better program?
Asked by KarenG_WN on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Has anyone participated in the Look Good Feel Better program?
Loog Good Feel Better is a is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches women who are undergoing chemo, radiation or other treatment beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Would love to hear feedback from others on WhatNext who've done the program, and if it might help others. Here's a link to the site: http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org. The organization is also affiliated with the American Cancer Society.
11 Answers from the Community
I went to the Look Good Feel Better program when I first started chemo. I had cut my long hair short - and then shaved my head (I was more upset at the prospect of having my hair show up on my pillow in the morning when I woke up than I was at having ME decide when I would lose my hair. I wasn't giving that choice to cancer!) but I still had eyebrows and eyelashes. Since I rarely wear makeup, I haven't changed much of my routine so far. However, now my eyebrows and lashes are almost entirely gone, and I believe that the tips they gave me are quite useful. When in our normal lives (for most of us, anyway) would we lose our eyebrows?! Getting tips for makeup when there is no guide (like, where do eyebrows begin on your face, for example) - this was a very good thing to know.
Most of the time, I still forget to put on makeup, and just go out and take care of what I need to do. But when I remember, and want to look more "normal", I know what I need to do, and the program taught me that. It is tailored to the cancer patient, and other makeup programs are not, so I did find it quite valuable.
Interestingly enough, all of the women in my session were wearing scarves of some sort. Although how to wear them was covered a little, I think it would have been even more valuable to have more time spent on how to tie them, and tips on creative ways of wearing them.
But it was a helpful program, for sure. Now that I really need it (I've had 7 chemo treatments, now), I find the tips they taught me are more important, now.
I participated soon after I started Chemo. My daughter went with me and we had fun with it -- a bright spot in a dark journey! I have not been one to wear makeup but after learning and after being supplied with quality products, I am finding that it makes me feel good to look my best --- and I always get compliments. Also, I met a very sweet lady there named Julie who was a couple weeks behind me in treatment -- since then, I have seen her in the Radiation Waiting Room, in the Surgeon's Office and at Home Depot --- and whenever we see each other, we hug and we share. There is such a bond among those who are fighting the same battle. It is truly an excellent program and I recommend it to all of you.
I participated in this program during my chemotherapy treatment. It was a great program and a terrific way to help yourself do just that, "look good and feel better." They don't just have make up but products that help with skin irritation and dry skin other side effects of treatment. I tried very hard during treament not to just 'lay around' in my pajamas. At least I hung around in my "pretty clothes." J
I participated about a week before chemotherapy started. The program is quite positive and helpful. You'll get nice makeup and skin care products, as well as meet a small group that offers a lot of emotional support. I found that about half of the session was devoted to scarves and hat "tricks" to help cover up our bald or soon-to-be-bald heads and make us less self-conscious. I always worked and used a moderate amount of makeup, but I never had to do anything to help out my eyebrows. Now that my eyebrows are about gone, I really appreciate their tips in this department.
Especially when it's early in your follow-up treatment, you feel very alone, even with strong family support, as you start to face chemotherapy. Participating in this group helps to dispel. I also learned about a local place to hep with my wig, if needed, and I learned about 2 support groups at a local hospital (I'm being treated at a distant hospital) that I can join as soon as I have enough energy when chemotherapy finally ends. So go, as you have absolutely nothing to lose and much to gain. As one of the leaders said to me when we were walking out, "It's not just about the makeup."
I read a magizine article on the subject. The American Cancer Society put it out. I read and was busy doing many of their suggestions, when our clinic held their first once since I was diagnosed. They suggested that we snip a piece of hair and keep it in order to know the color. Well at 62 I knew I was Clairol # 129 (or something like that...) blonde. Like Avonlea, I cut my hair short, and when I noticed I had many strands of hair in my fingers when combing.... My husband and I made a ceremony of using the clippers to remove it all - down to a buzz haircut on a boy.... I'd have said flattop, but that would have been too long. Then it was a laugh to see the dark roots (yes they were dark) on the pillow after chemo. In the article it told of drawing on eyeliner and smudging it... I mastered that. Eyebrows... not bad... I'd remembered where they'd been... (My 'mustache"..) heck I didn't miss that when it went.... didn't have to shave it... It's never grown back in the last almost 7 years... I put on a tinted powder and a bit of blush... always ... Every morning I did my face. Somewhere I'd read "Get UP and Dress UP" I really did make me feel better to glance in a mirror and not see my pale face with no eyes.... ANYWAY.... I also put on my good outfits... I wanted to look nice... perfume and lipstick just prior to hubby coming home... I had my Paula Young Wigs (a couple different colors.. even gave Red a chance. My priest lijke it, but I ran into a sweet young woman.. who was losing her auburn hair... since I had an auburn wig... I brought it in ,,, She took it I'm told. We would bring in our wig mistakes for each other.. Like the white one I bought.. Okay... at 64 my husband did not want a gray haired wife, my vet teased me. She asked if I was going for "Distinguished". Gave that one away. I settled in stayed with my light blond... I'd suggest going to the program, Then GET UP AND DRESS UP. AND don't forget a Smile is the perfect to wear... it does go with everything.
It's a great program. Prior to cancer I never left the house without make-up, so I enjoyed receiving the large bag filled with high quality regular-sized products. In fact, even after 18 months I have not used up all of some of the products! The cosmetologist who ran the program was great at giving tips on making the make-up look natural. It was great to interact with other cancer patients. I was already bald at the time I attended, so I really appreciated that the leader showed us where the hospital had it's wig/hat/scarf room where cancer patients could "borrow" free head coverings for as long as they want or need them. I would highly recommend the program.
I met with a Look Good Feel Better consultant alone shortly before going to a formal event, as I needed how to make up a chemo'd face (no eyebrows, a few lashes). Got my kit, but not great advice. However, the cosmetologist at my hair salon is also a Look Good Feel Better consultant (I didn't know this) so when I commented to my hair dresser that I didn't know what to do for my aunt's 95 birthday party, she directed me to Donna, who made me up beautifully, and taught me what to do. It was the first time I didn't have a cancer face. I've since been back to her for makeup for my son's wedding, and again more recently for makeup for the WhatNext photo shoot (I'm Abrub of the home page, and Donna made me look very natural for that photo. I'm not big on makeup, but when someone can show you how to look healthy when you are at your worst, it is a great gift!
To Abrub~ Youtube what ever you may want to know about anything and everything like cancer, recipes, etc. There are so many tips on "How to.." put on your eye brows after chemo, tie a head scarf, etc.
It can be a challenge deciding on what to use eyebrow pencil or powder and brush. I prefer to The pencil tends to clump in streaks.
Walmart has an expensive make-up line and Sally's Beauty Supply store had a lot of $1.00 items. You could practice with the inexpensive make up and also I practiced with an extra brown eyeshadow instead of wasting my eyebrow cake/powder.
What ever color you want you may have a hard time finding it. My cake/powder has two colors. One is a light blonde and the other is a med. blonde. I mix the two to get the color I want.
My first powder was a bit too dark, so I just put a lighter color of pressed powder over it to lighten it up.
Yes, I did, and it was very helpful. Prior to being diagnosed, i always wore some make-up, and I enjoyed getting the goody bag of cosmetics. The make-up application tips were basic, but still helpful. We spent some time on learning about various head coverings, but I would have liked to have had more time on learning how to tie scarves. I did enjoy meeting other cancer survivors, and watching the change in one woman as she applied her make-up was especially touching. Overall, i'd recommend the program.
Thank you, Rose. My experience with Look Good Feel Better was over 4 years ago. Brows and lashes are back; hair has returned to its normal curly state (never lost the hair on my head; it just went dead straight!) The cosmetologist at my hair salon is a Look Good Feel Better consultant, and she's now done my healthy face for other events, including the photo shoot used for my photo on the WhatNext.com home page.