Appearance related side-effects of treatment are a very real issue for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. In today’s episode we hear from the National Manager of the Look Good Feel Better program, Carol Kavurma. Carol shares with us how to alleviate things like changes in skin texture and tone, and hair loss.
CHATTING WITH…CAROL KAVURMA
Carol Kavurma is the National Manager of the Look Good Feel Better program.
Commencing her career in a corporate environment, Carol decided that her true calling was in the not for profit sector helping to make a difference to the lives of others. After spending 7 years at at The Childrens Hospital at Westmead honing her skills in fundraising and management, Carol moved across to Look Good Feel Better, where she manages the national program running over 1000 workshops in 180 venues across Australia.
Carol is committed to helping women, men and teens manage the appearance related side effects of their cancer treatment. She is passionate about helping them to face their cancer with confidence.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
ALL ABOUT the Look Good Feel Better Program
HOW you can deal with challenges like skin tone, skin texture and hair loss following cancer treatment
TIPS and TAKEAWAYS on appearance related side-effects
What is Look Good Feel Better?
LGFB is a community service program free to cancer patients, available at over 180 locations around Australia.
There are over 1000 workshops on offer every year.
Attendees learn how to manage the appearance related side effects caused by cancer treatment. This is done through a practical 2.5 hour workshop which demonstrates skin care, hair care, head ware and makeup.
Every participant receives a confidence kit which is full of skin care and makeup products donated by cosmetic companies.
On top of the obvious benefits, friendships and additional support networks are formed.
For those not in an area where a workshop is run you can register and receive a confidence kit and dvd to do at home.
There are over 1300 volunteers around Australia that assist in delivering the workshops.
LGFB is a global organisation, currently in 26 countries. It has been in Australia since 1990.
The program is solely funded by the community – individual, corporate etc.
Appearance challenges following cancer treatment can include:
Skin tone (flushed, white, brown spots, sallowness)
Skin texture (dryness, oiliness, flakiness)
Hair loss (thinning, loss – hair, eyebrows, eyelashes)
Tips to alleviate the above:
Skin tone – use colour correctors to balance skin colour
Skin texture – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Hair loss – you can use an eyebrow pencil to draw brows on, you can use an eyeliner pencil on your eyelid to give the illusion of lashes, look into a good synthetic wig if that’s your thing, or a turban, scarf or hat.
Practical tips: https://lgfb.org.au/practical-tips/
Skincare tips: https://lgfb.org.au/skincare-for-women/
Makeup tips: https://lgfb.org.au/make-up-tips/
Headwear advice: https://lgfb.org.au/headwear/
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Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/look-good-feel-better-australia
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