By: Madelaine Edholm
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) Sweden would like to congratulate the LGFB U.S. program on 25 wonderful years of helping women with cancer cope with the side effects of treatment.
Without LGFB thousands of women worldwide would not have had the opportunity to have benefit from regaining their self-esteem during cancer treatment.
LGFB Sweden, sponsored by the Swedish Trade Association for Cosmetics, Detergents and Toiletries (KTF,AB), is happy to celebrate 11 years of helping women with cancer. Our very first workshop was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2003, at Radiumhemmet, Stockholm where we continue to hold workshops today.
About 100 LGFB workshops are hosted every year at 11 hospitals around Sweden, from Umeå in the north to Malmö in the south. About 100 workshops serve approximately 1800 women annually. Since the inception of the program, we have helped over 10,000 women in workshop settings with the help of approximately 150 volunteers. LGFB is supported by more than 20 member companies representing more than 35 different brands on the Swedish market.
The workshops are very often an ego boost for the participating women. It is a major step for most of the women to be able to look in the mirror and remove their wig in a public environment for the first time since their treatment. Many women tell their nurses that attending a LGFB workshop has helped them cope with their illness treatment.
We have many hospitals requesting the LGFB workshops and we would love to expand the program. Our goal is to expand throughout the years to come as we believe this is one thing we can give to women who are ill with cancer.