Program helps cancer patients feel better about themselves

Cosmetologist Linda Nash talks with participants in a recent Look Good … Feel Better class. From left are Mary Ordway, Kelley Ripley, Carol Hersom, Sharon Satterfield, MD, and Mary Holt.
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Cosmetologist Linda Nash talks with participants in a recent Look Good … Feel Better class. From left are Mary Ordway, Kelley Ripley, Carol Hersom, Sharon Satterfield, MD, and Mary Holt.
Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.

BELFAST — Look Good … Feel Better is a free nonmedical program that can be a powerful cancer treatment tool.

The program provides a free cosmetic kit and a trained volunteer beauty professional to work with cancer patients. Cancer treatments often cause skin changes and hair loss that can rob a woman of her self-confidence. In the program, the women are taught beauty techniques to help them fight the appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatments.

Sometimes even more than the beauty tips they pick up, the women spend a couple of hours with other cancer patients in a supportive environment. As they try on wigs and test beauty techniques, the women find themselves laughing about things that only another cancer patient could understand.

Linda Nash of New Wave Salon recently helped five local cancer patients for an afternoon. She showed them how to apply makeup, including making their eyes stand out, and how to use wigs, scarves and accessories to cover

their bald heads if they want to.

After only a short time, the group was chatting and laughing like old friends.

Look Good … Feel Better group sessions are generally offered 1-3 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center.

Preregistration is required. To register, or if you are a cosmetologist who wants to volunteer, call the oncology department at 930-2555.

Private consultations also are available to women who prefer a one-on-one consultation rather than a group setting.

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