"Look Good... Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, and individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community."
So my birthday was a few days ago, and it also happened to be the last Monday of the month. This is the day that I volunteer at a local hospital for The Look Good... Feel Better Program which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This was the perfect birthday gift for me, because I left there feeling the way I do after every class. Happy, grateful and enriched.
As an esthetician, I am able to help lead workshops that teach these amazing women about good skin care, and what changes they can expect their skin to go through while they are in treatment. We teach make up application, including eye brow filling and shaping, and how to get that healthy glow even when they aren't feeling well. We also go over wig and scarf options and styles.
The stories these women share during these sessions are so beautiful and uplifting. It's never a sad time, although we often find ourselves laughing and crying all at once. Through this program, I have learned to be more compassionate, to listen carefully, and to hug more freely. What a gift it has been for me. The power of human connection is amazing, and so, so important.
If you're looking for a way to give back, please check out the Look Good... Feel Better program in your area. It is a national organization that is always in need of both general volunteers, and especially licensed volunteers (estheticians, cosmetologists, nail techs). It will soon be your favorite day of the month.