LGFB is a free program dedicated to improving the self-esteem and self-image of women experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment through the use of make-up, wigs, scarves, and other accessories. Sessions include tips on hair, make-up, nails, and skin care. The program is designed to help patients realize they can still look good, even during cancer and cancer treatments.
Mel Kimblad, Independent Beauty Consultant, comes to BVRMC to assist those in cancer treatment with a complimentary makeover and skin care session. Attendees receive a bag of skin care and cosmetics from various companies that donate to the program. The program is offered once every three months.
"We go through the step-by-step of makeup application. Participants learn how to use eyeliner to make it look like you have eye lashes and using brown eye shadow and a q-tip to do an eyebrow," explains Kimblad. "It is true that if you look better you feel better, ask any woman and they will tell you that is true."
BVRMC has participated in the program for about five years. Zena Olerich, BVRMC Oncology Patient Advocate encourages patients with cancer to attend a session just to see what it is all about. From Olerich's experience with the program, she say, "Most of the women that participate are pleasantly surprised at how much fun they have and the great products they receive."
The LGFB program also is a chance for patients with cancer to encourage each other. "It serves also as a support to share with others what you're going through," says Kimblad. "We just have fun. I would encourage every woman who is gong through treatments to join us."
Olerich would agree that the program helps connect people fighting cancer, "This is a great way to lift their spirits make a new friend."
BVRMC is grateful for LGFB program and everything the American Cancer Society does for patients with cancer. "Without the support of the American Cancer Society this program would not be available to our patients," states Olerich.
The next session will be Wednesday, June 20, from 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m. Call the BVRMC Oncology Department at 712.213.8672 to reserve a space.