Shortly after I lost my hair, I attended a Look Good, Feel Better program at the local hospital where I get my cancer treatment. Over the course of 2 hours, a volunteer, a social worker, and a cosmotologist named Hans fussed over us, helped us learn to apply makeup in new ways (like placing our eyebrows in the right place, and drawing attention to other parts of our faces), and discussed the ins and outs of selecting a wig.
It was a great program, and the best part was the homework. Dozens of makeup companies, from Revlon to labels I can’t even pronounce, had donated enough so that each of us went home with a 20 piece kit for our skin tone (more or less). From foundation to concealer to eye pencils, we had a complete starter set and the skills to use them.
Because when your hair goes, people tend to focus on your face more.
Or your shoes.
The Look Good, Feel Better program helped me, and today I am grateful for the corporate sponsors and the professionals who volunteer their time to help cancer patients feel better about their appearance. I didn’t think it would matter to me, but eventually it did. This is a national program, and I encourage all cancer patients going through chemotherapy to check it out. It’s free, and kind of a fun morning. At the very least, you may learn a little something about yourself — because of the wigs (yech) that I tried on, I’m hoping that my hair comes back a nice deep red for a change. Wouldn’t that be fun?
There’s a new book review over at Review Planet: ironically, it’s You Look Nice Today: A Novel, by Stanley Bing. Tomorrow, I’m going to review Edible Arrangements, a fun alternative to sending flowers!