LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER
The global programme, Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), caters for women and men facing all cancers by specifically focusing on addressing their physical needs and wellbeing while undergoing cancer treatment. It is the cosmetic industries support programme and boasts the backing of both national and international cosmetic brands.
Since launching the programme in the United States of America in 1989, the LGFB programme has expanded its footprint reaching 26 countries globally. The South African programme, launched in 2005,has supported over 36 000 patients and proudly acknowledges the immeasurable value that Avon Justine has contributed to making this possible.
The trained and dedicated LGFB teams of volunteers (over 300) host two hour interactive workshops which are held in 38 public and private hospitals in seven of South Africa’s major cities. Patients are guided through the 12 step skin care and make up regime using the cosmetics as tools to address any of 26 appearance related side effects resulting from cancer treatment. As Dr. Daniel Vorobiof, Medical Oncologist at the Sandton Oncology Centre said, “The Look Good Feel Better programme, although working with cosmetics, compliments the fight against cancer. Anything that can be done to uplift patients fight the disease is of value.”
“We neglect to understand the impact one faces during cancer treatment – with a cancer patient’s physical appearance changing, this leads to emotional challenges such as low self-confidence and self-esteem,” says Margaret Hewson LGFB Programme Director.
For more details on appearance-related side effects and self-care tips visit www.lgfb.co.za.
“As a woman having had a mastectomy you somehow lost that feeling of being beautiful and this has started to give me that sense of beauty back.”
Marietha van Vuuren Clinton Clinic – June 2016
Wings of Hope - Cancer Support
Wings of Hope Cancer Support
Wings of Hope Cancer Support, is a non-profit company, and was established in April 2012 to educate the public on cancer and health, increase awareness and to empower men and women in cancer care.
Wings of Hope Cancer Support is a group of primarily breast cancer survivors and volunteers who actively know how important finding a supportive community can be. We are a support group who have a lifeline to information, support and encouragement through good times and bad. Research has shown that support groups help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control of one’s life, and loss of hope.
Wings of Hope consists of committee members and 4 board members. The committee members collectively bring more than 40 years’ experience in working with patients and survivors with all types of cancer.
Wings of Hope Cancer Support is a caring group of men and women who understand the unique effects that being diagnosed with cancer may have on an individual both physically and emotionally and have the ability to reach out to both men and women as we have been touched by the disease ourselves and have a heartfelt empathy with the patient. In fact, many amazing friendships have been formed and a strong bond has developed among the support group and new and old comers are welcomed with open arms.
Wings of Hope Cancer Support is a member of the Cancer Alliance of South Africa, and drives the Managing Cancer in the Workplace initiative.
“Hope dances in the puddles until the sun comes out again. Life is good and everyday is to be embraced to the fullest”