Why We Need Volunteers

When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, the impact can be overwhelming.  Confronted with questions, medical decisions and uncertainty, as well as the traumatic physical changes in appearance that may occur with treatment, gaining a sense of control is often difficult.  Many women feel as if they have lost their identity.

 

Look Good Feel Better aims to give these women back their self-esteem and self-confidence, by showing them information and ‘tricks of the trade’ to help them overcome the physical changes that may occur as a result of chemotherapy and radiation, such as dry, patchy skin, loss of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.

 

During our workshops, assisted by volunteer beauty professionals, women learn how to take care of themselves and improve their image, using products generously donated by the cosmetic industry in New Zealand.

 

The programme provides useful information and training regarding the changes that cancer treatment may cause in skin, hair and nails.  It gives information on skincare and makeup techniques, provides tips on wigs and headwear and is a real ‘pampering session’. 

 

It is often the first chance these women have to mix with other individuals going through similar feelings of isolation and uncertainty about their futures.  This sense of relief of no longer feeling alone, also contributes to the success of the programme.

 

Women who attend the workshops often leave in much higher spirits than when they arrived.

 

Looking good, despite the knowledge that she has cancer, gives a woman control at a time in her life when it is in short supply.