Look Good Feel Better Workshop

Look Good Feel Better Workshop


– [Voiceover] This is an
AMI This Week Shortcut. – [Voiceover] I’m Jennie
Bovard for Accessible Media. – [Voiceover] My name
is Dolores Adams, and I’ve been with the Look
Good Feel Better program for over 20 years now. The Look Good Feel Better
program is a program where we help women
undergoing cancer treatments, the side effects of
their treatments, and we do how to teach them
how to look after their skin, make up, and we
also have wigs here for them to try on,
and hair care as well. – [Voiceover] Look Good
Feel Better workshops are held at 120 hospitals
and cancer facilities across the country. Many volunteers have
worked as aestheticians and have a personal
connection to the class. – [Voiceover] I’m a person who
likes to help other people. There’s certainly been
a lot of family members and people that I personally
know that have had cancer, so this is one way that
I can help these women feel good about themselves. – [Voiceover] Look Good
Feel Better started in 1992, and has since helped
175 thousand women. It’s the only program
of its kind in Canada. – [Voiceover] When
you lose your hair and you go through
your treatments and your skin is very pale, and you don’t really
look like yourself when you’re looking
in the mirror, but by the time we’re finished, at the end of the night they
look like themselves again. – [Voiceover] These free
classes are two hours long. Participants are each
given a bag of donated make up products to take home. Volunteers show
them how to adjust to the physical effects
that treatment can have. They teach women
different techniques like how to keep
their skin healthy, and how to recreate
lost eyebrows. – [Voiceover] My name
is Brenda Atwood, and I’m from
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I received my diagnosis
a year ago February. I wanted to feel better. And I do. And I could feel myself
sort of letting myself go a little bit and not
liking the way I looked. Seems like everybody in the shop felt the same way and
they had a little uplift and know that somebody cares
enough to do this for them. – [Voiceover] Brenda
arrived with some friends from her cancer care facility. She felt a bond with
everyone in the class. – [Brenda] It was fun. It was informative. It was comrades. You don’t know people, but
you feel how they feel. It’ll take you away from some of the harsh reality of it all. It’s something to
share with friends, and something to make
you feel important, and thought of. – [Voiceover] Jennie
Bovard, AMI, Halifax.

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