‘Makeover for the spirit’ workshop held

2015-11-11 06:01
Cancer survivors at the recent ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ workshop at the Rainbow Oncology Centre. Taking care of them are LGFB volunteers, Tanya Gersbach (back, left) and Merle Gabriel (back, right). Photo: supplied

Cancer survivors at the recent ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ workshop at the Rainbow Oncology Centre. Taking care of them are LGFB volunteers, Tanya Gersbach (back, left) and Merle Gabriel (back, right). Photo: supplied

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ON 5 November, a Look Good Feel Better workshop was hosted at Rainbow Oncology Centre in Athlone Park.
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a non-profit organisation that helps women and men in active cancer treatment to address the appearance-related side-effects of their treatment in a practical and positive way through interactive, free workshops.

The initiative was started in the United States in 1989 and is now active in 26 countries. It was introduced to South Africa in 2004 and this is the first workshop to be held in Amanzimtoti.

“The women are guided through a 12-step skin-care and make-up regime and are taught simple and effective techniques to deal with the changes in their appearance due to their cancer treatment,” said volunteer, Merle Gabriel.

“It is well known that the treatment for breast cancer is often life-saving, but lesser known is the fact that the treatment takes the patient on a traumatic journey that can scar his or her appearance and self-image,” she said.

Surgery is in general the first line of treatment for this type of cancer, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. The side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation include extremely dehydrated, dry and itchy skin, which can become red or pigmented, brittle, darkened nails, loss of hair, eyebrows and lashes.

In a LGFB workshop, participants learn how to care for their skin and how to apply skin-care products and make-up to make them look good and feel better and according to doctors, contributes hugely to the healing process.

“It is an uplifting and empowering experience. It is actually a makeover for the spirit, and that is a beautiful transformation,” Merle Gabriel said.

LGFB has scheduled monthly workshops for Amanzimtoti.
For further information contact Gabriel on 073 777 2485 after 1pm. - Supplied.

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