Style & Beauty
Look Good…Feel Better
7/8/2013 2:48:41 PM

"I had never heard of it, but I was like ‘okay’ I’ll try it,” Rhonda says. "If my family wouldn’t have come and got me I wouldn’t have come, because I changed my mind.”

Look Good Feel Better is a free American Cancer Society (ACS) program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

It is a brand-neutral program offered in collaboration with the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic and personal care products industry and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.

"The cosmetologists teach them how to take care of their skin, what not to do when they are going through cancer treatment,” says Michele Bryant, Health Initiative Director for ACS. "We also teach them about wearing wigs, how to take care of them and put them on.”

Rhonda is amazed by the amount and quality of the products. Katherine LeBlanc of Appearance Beauty Salon shows her how to apply them and gives her tips on looking her best.

"It might have sparked a little something,” Rhonda says, smiling. "I’m glad I came and met all the ladies. They showed me how to do some stuff I didn’t know how to do. Just to be out somewhere and see others like you are okay and making it. That is encouraging.”

Those like Jeanne Vincent, who recently completed her treatment for breast cancer.

"The group is very pleasant. It made me feel better about myself having makeup on again,” Jeanne says. "It’s given me that boost. My morale can get really low, but this has lifted me up.”

Women who attend Look Good Feel Better are encouraged to come back with their new supply of products. Rhonda and Jeanne plan to return, offering support for those who face the same battle.

"It’s a relief to be able to talk to somebody else that is going through it because most people don’t know what it’s like,” Jeanne says. "Everybody needs that support knowing that somebody is there for you.”

Look Good Feel Better takes place from noon-2 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every other month in Memorial’s Shearman Conference Center. For more information, call (337) 433-5817.

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