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Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better

When I first joined Twitter more than a decade ago, I remember deciding to spotlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special blog giveaway. I had two sets of exactly the same makeup and skincare products and I asked followers “Who would you surprise with a Pink Ribbon gift set?”  (The prize was one set to surprise someone with and one set to keep for yourself) The response was overwhelming the moment the giveaway went live. So many people from all walks of life shared the most heartwarming and heartbreaking stories. I cried several times reading their stories. And while I knew cancer affected one-in-ten families, I had no idea how prevalent it had become. So many people I had met on Twitter were secretly dealing with cancers of all types. They were going for regular chemo sessions and trying to deal with both the physical and psychological effects of this terrible disease. There was a wonderful woman in the U.K. who told me I was the only person who knew she was battling cancer. She didn’t tell her husband or family as she was the one who kept the family together. I would check in with her most days and try to make her laugh. Thankfully she is a survivor. I can’t believe she went through treatment for months alone without the support of friends of family.

Following this experience, I had such a renewed respect for the Look Good Feel Better charity, a not-for-profit that helps people deal with the appearance-related effects of cancer and cancer treatment

“We know how important it is to simply feel like yourself, especially when you are going through cancer treatment,” says the organization. “At Look Good Feel Better workshops, both in-person and online, people with cancer can learn how to manage the appearance-related impact of cancer and its treatment. Offering a unique sense of community, participants become part of a small group, with different cancer diagnoses and going through different treatments, who come together to learn and share.”

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better

“This is the best part of what I do,” explains UK-based makeup artist Nina Westbury, a Look Good Feel Better volunteer. “Makeup can give us super powers when you need them most. I’m hoping to some virtual workshops in the new year so I can help even more women.”

Nina and volunteers like her teach women and teens how to care for sensitive skin, how to manage the loss of brows and lashes, techniques to add colour back onto the face, beauty hygiene and sun safety. Teens can take part in programs specially designed for them including skincare, on-trend makeup and fun styles for caps, wraps and hair alternatives. There are even sessions for men on how to manage dry, flaky skin, minimize shaving irritation and how to deal with hair loss. The Canadian branch of LGFB reaches over 10,000 women each year.

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better

“The best medicine doesn’t always come in a bottle.”

LGFB helps address the emotional and psychological aspects of cancer and its treatment. The emotional trauma and fall-out from cancer is often overlooked. And these workshops aim to give women the tools and techniques to feel beautiful and vital, to help restore a sense of self and a feeling of womanhood.

Look Good Feel Better programs can now be found in 26 countries around the world – each operating independently but with the same goal: to help women with cancer.

Singapore, Sweden, Uraguay, Chile, The Netherlands and South Africa to name a few.

During the month of November, purchase a Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in shade “Lovely Rose” at Shoppers Drug Mart or shoppersdrugmart.ca and the French beauty brand will donate $5 to Look Good Feel Better in Canada. It’s a wonderful way to show your support.

If you are battling cancer or have a family member or friend in this situation, visit LGFB.ca for more information on workshops, support services and resources.

31 Comments

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    Melanie Camirand
    January 9, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    That’s so true that the best medicine doesn’t always come in a bottle.

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    Jenny Holywell
    January 9, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    It makes such a difference, you feel more like yourself again & feel seen.

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      Karen Hanley
      January 9, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      This is such a wonderful program. I worked part time for Lancôme back in the day in the UK & many of my colleagues were part of these workshops. They got a lot of satisfaction from helping the ladies who also enjoyed the experience of feeling like themselves again 💖💖💗💗💞
      @KirRoyalKaz62

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    mxg
    January 9, 2023 at 11:45 am

    I wish I was there…When you feel good you look great -that is my motto 🙂

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    Barbara L. Wallace
    January 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Well done @davelackie and @ninawestbury ! so much good for so many individuals and their families. @Babsblw

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    Gail v. Siemko
    January 7, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Dave, you never fail to surprise me with your kindness that is shown in all aspects of your life! I have lost my Mom, Aunt and this past week ,my cousin to Breast Cancer. Although they all had access to assistance at the hospitals, only one was introduced to the LGFB And this made her live longer (I believe) because she could SMILE. THANK you for sharing your wonderful memories and talking daily to a very scared woman! Tears rolling down my face, as I read your life memories. @gailsiemko.ca #Clarins #LOOKGOODFEELGOOD #Davelackie

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    amy liu
    January 4, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    this is so great

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    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    January 4, 2023 at 8:40 am

    What a heart touching program and thank you for sharing that story about the UK woman. She took on all that pain and fear herself so her loved ones didn’t have to. What a brave woman.

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    Kristin Morton
    January 3, 2023 at 2:39 am

    I think this is such a wonderful idea, my daughter’s grandmother has had cancer and has told me about how much good this does to patients that are depressed and feeling not so pretty and it warms my heart

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    Susan Stirling
    January 2, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I have ‘fought’ the battle through 4 different cancers. I found love and laughter my best medicine and am so thankful for my family and friends. BUT, only one thing made me cry (and I felt very shallow when it did) and that was when my hair fell out and the amazing Princess Margaret Hospital suggested their beauty throughout treatment program. It was a wonderful morale booster and today, having lost both breasts a year ago, I just remind myself that my body is strong and I try to put on as ‘beautiful’ a face and fashion as I can

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    Bub Ramone
    January 2, 2023 at 5:37 am

    Much needed words. Thank you very much.

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    Janet M
    January 1, 2023 at 11:04 am

    This is such a wonderful initiative. So helpful and needed.

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    Theresa C.
    December 31, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Dave you are a truly caring person – thank you for your many years of sharing and spreading the word 🙂

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    Katie Moles
    December 31, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Bringing awareness is a heaven sent. Thank you so much.

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    Preeti Chima
    December 31, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I am currently suffering from and battling breast cancer and I have lost all my hair and my appearance has changed so dramatically that I hate looking at myself in the mirror, but reading this blog post of yours has given me such a sense of hope and relief!!
    I am now looking forward to keeping an eye out for the Look Good Feel Better products for myself and will be more than happy to share and spread the good word!
    Thank you all for taking the time out to do something so thoughtful for people like me!

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    Funmi
    December 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Thank you Dave for bringing awareness to LGFB, I will definitely share with others.

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    Dani Mabe
    December 30, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    This is such a good thing!

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    Dani Mabe
    December 30, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    This is so good!

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    Jillian
    December 30, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Such a wonderful organization!

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    Karen BELLOMY
    December 30, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I love this because I have had so many loved ones go through Chemo and helping them look and feel their best is such a positive thing

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    Catherine Badenhorst
    December 29, 2022 at 8:32 am

    The Look Good Feel Better is such a fantastic inititive. I know first-hand the cancer patients really need this to help boost their self-esteem during the time when they feel so despondent.

    @cathybadcar

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    Frances Cariker
    December 29, 2022 at 12:41 am

    I love the practical and informative advice you give. You cover a broad range of issues and it is much appreciated.

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    Mariah Lockwood
    November 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, now I will search for Look good feel better near by in the US. I just had a double Mastectomy and they used my own skin to rebuild my chest. So far it appears that my cancer is in remission, thank God. But the skin saving bilateral mastectomy left me with a surprise, as I had only seen the other type of rebuild, were it left just small scars on each side. Me, well mine goo from about under arm to under arm with circles in the middle. And the new belly button is off to one side and the stomach is scared unevenly from hip to hip.
    Needless to say, I am in terrible need of something to help me and my self esteem now.

    Well enough of my rambling, thank you again for this post

    Mariah Lockwood
    @HonestlyMariah on Twitter

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    Lori m
    November 14, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Dave, it really does help and thanks to Nina Westbury for volunteering ❤️

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    Angela Citrigno
    November 14, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Our metal health is so important and thank heavens programs like this are available to everyone. Dave, I can’t imagine going through cancer treatments alone. I’m sure you taking time out of your day to touch base with this lady made all the difference in her outlook.

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    Jamie Johnson
    November 13, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Oh WOW!! This just brought tears to my eyes. What a fantastic program! I am going to look into this today. Thx Dave!!

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