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Look Good Feel Better would like to give a BIG thank you to Kelsey, who in February 2013 raised over $2,000 for the program by organizing a 5K race in her community.  She named her event the HOPE Run, which stands for “Helping to Open People’s Eyes” to the physical and emotional effects of cancer. Kelsey plans on organizing another 5K race in her community soon.

If you or someone you know would like to organize a community event to benefit the LGFB program, please contact fishlingera@personalcarecouncil.org, so we can help answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to help make your event a success.

Thank you again Kelsey, we are so touched by your generosity towards others!

 

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This year we are very excited to be partnering with SKI and LIVI and today is the LAST day you can bid on the blue diamond made by the star of True Blood, Ryan Kwanten that has been up for auction on Charity Buzz.  Proceeds from the auction of the diamond are going to benefit the Look Good Feel Better program!  Today is your last day to bid on the diamond, so don’t miss out! 

And, in case you missed it, check out this great segment that ran on E! News featuring Ryan as he talks about his experience with SKI and LIVI and their dedication to LGFB.

SKI and LIVI is a jewelry company that empowers women battling cancer by transforming their hair loss in chemo into their very own personal, lab-grown diamond.  Throughout 2013 SKI and LIVI will be donating $100 from the sale of every diamond and $10 from the sale of every bracelet to Look Good Feel Better in this year.

Look Good Feel Better is happy to announce that last week, during Look Good Feel Better week, we launched our new online Virtual Makeover Tool and online LGFB Beauty App for iPhones and iPads.  We were very excited to demonstrate these new tools at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 38th Annual Congress in Washington D.C.  With this new tool and app LGFB can now bring the workshop experience to patients no matter where they are and ultimately encourage more patients to attend an in-person workshop.

The LGFB Virtual Makeover tool provides a step-by-step walk through of the Look Good Feel Better 12-step beauty program, covering a variety of topics from skin care, cosmetic techniques to the use of turbans, hats and wigs and nail care.  It also features expert advice in the form of instructional videos from fashion expert Stacy London and celebrity makeup artist Carmindy. 

With the tool and app users have the option to use their own image captured through their mobile device or webcam, or use pre loaded images of past LGFB participants, to dynamically demonstrate how to combat the outward side effects of cancer treatment.  Users can try on different shades and styles – creating and saving numerous different, unique looks. 

You can access the tool by visiting our website, or you can download the iPhone or iPad compatible app by searching “LGFB Beauty” in the app store.

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Leading Lady is proud to support Look Good Feel Better and the thousands of women they help to regain confidence while facing cancer.  We are inspired by the work that look good feel better is doing for women and we are honored to be a part of the community standing alongside them to help advance their cause, and share their mission.

Many of us know, have known or will know a woman affected by cancer. We are honored to be supporting Look Good Feel Better, and are asking readers, customers, family and friends to join us by helping to raise awareness about this amazing organization and sharing the power of confidence.

Since 1939, my family has been proud to celebrate “Leading Ladies” everywhere through our company’s products, programs and philanthropic activities focused on the health and welfare of women in the communities where we live and work.

Like Look Good Feel Better, Leading Lady’s mission is to improve women’s self esteem and quality of life.  At Leading Lady, we do this from the intimates, out.  For women undergoing cancer treatment, an experience which may change her body, a properly fitting bra is vital. 

Our fit-conscious Director of Design, Haidee Johnstone, shares her tips for achieving the ideal fit, maximizing comfort and ensuring proper support both during and after treatment. Here’s what she has to say…

Proper fit is essential to the health of your breasts.  The right fit will help prevent sagging, chafing and keep breasts dry, supported and comfortable in even the most strenuous conditions.  Plus, it will give you a lift, both literally and figuratively.

Here are some common signs you may not be wearing the correct size:

  • If you can see part of your breasts sticking out of the neckline or the underarm, your bra cup is too small for your breast.
  • You should not be using any of the under-bust elastic as part of the cup. If you are, it means the cup is not big enough for your breast.
  • The band should sit flush against your chest in front and back without digging into your skin or the cup being wrinkled.

How can you achieve your ideal fit, support & comfort?

Fit

  • Look at yourself in a mirror. Your breasts should appear supported and centered on your chest.
  • Remember that many women are between sizes, so you may need to try a size up or down to get the best fit.
  • As your body experiences physical changes, your breast size may also change.  Get fitted or fit yourself using an online fit calculator every time you notice a significant change in your body. 
  • If you have undergone a mastectomy, measure yourself on the side of the remaining breast from center sternum to center spine.  Double this measurement and then calculate your fit accordingly.  
  • Read the fit guide. Every company has their own idea of what represents the best fit so this is a great way to make sure the cup and band sizes are correct for you.

Comfort & Support

  • Make sure the shoulder straps of your bra stay in place when you are in motion. If they slip off the shoulder or cut into the shoulder, adjust the straps or try a different size bra.
  • Wider and padded shoulder straps will help to keep weight stress dispersed over a larger area for greater comfort.  This will reduce pressure on your back and shoulders.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps will accommodate your individual needs, depending on your height and the weight of your breasts.

Remember

  • Select breathable, soft fabrics that will not irritate sensitive skin.
  • Try several closure options to find the one that works best for you.  If you have limited mobility or sensitive areas on your back, consider a front closing bra.
  • Replace your bras when they are worn out and no longer provide the support you need. 

We hope Haidee’s fit tips will help women undergoing treatment Look Good Feel Better from their intimates, out. 

Guest post by Mark Corrado, President of Leading Lady featuring fit tips from Leading Lady Director of Design Haidee Johnstone

Look Good Feel Better has teamed up with Style for Hire, a national network of personal stylists co-founded by celebrity stylist and What Not to Wear host Stacy London during their third live streaming virtual workshop event which was held on November 1, 2011.

During the workshop Stacy London introduced the new “Styling Section” for the first time to the Look Good Feel Better program. Hosting the skin care, makeup portion of the workshop was celebrity makeup artist Carmindy, who is also from TLC’s What Not To Wear,  and demonstrating wigs and head coverings was Linda Whitehurst , Look Good Feel Better national project director.

The new style component was developed by both Style for Hire and Look Good Feel Better experts. This new section will provide insight on how to use color in cosmetics or fabrics to create a bright, vibrant appearance; extend choices made for head coverings to create a complete look, and learn how women with any body type can use shape, silhouette and design to maintain their personal style while addressing the physical changes that often occur as a result of cancer treatment.

If you missed the virtual workshop you can watch it on our website at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.  Don’t forget to visit our events page to learn about other events happening throughout the year!

During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month Charming Charlie, a corporate partner of the Look Good Feel Better program, is hosting a 3,000 Accessory Challenge.   For every hat, scarf or pair of earrings Charming Charlie sells, up to 12,000 accessories in all, they will donate one accessory to Look Good Feel Better program for our new demonstration kits.  These new demonstration kits will be used in workshops around the country to support and enhance the program’s content.

For more information about the 3,000 Accessory Challenge, please visit the Charming Charlie Web site, or the Look Good…Feel Better Web site.

Happy Friday! We hope that this quote helps you start your weekend off right!

"It’s really important to feel cherished and appreciated for who you are and what you’re going through – as well as how beautiful you are. LGFB brought out every woman’s Inner beauty in addition to outer beauty that some of us didn’t know we had."  Anonymous

Leave your thoughts on the program in the comment section below. Have a great weekend!

Look Good Feel Better’s corporate partner Clarisonic, has teamed up with select Ritz Carlton Spas and skin care company Skin Authority this October help raise funds and awareness for the Look Good Feel Better program.

From now through November 5, at participating Ritz Carleton Spas around the country a special Look Good Feel Better facial will be offered. When you book the exclusive Look Good Feel Better facial $15 dollars, $5 from each company, will be donated to the Look Good Feel Better program.

Please share this information with your family and friends know about these exciting events going on now. Don’t forget to check back on the Look Good Feel Better events page, to see what other activities we have going on in October and throughout the year!

It’s Friday, which means it is time for another LGFB patient quote

"This is a great program! i hope that it will continue for a long time to come. I encourage anyone going through chemo and/or radiation to get involved. it was a wonderful experience.  Thank You!" - Anonymous

Spread the word about LGFB to your family and friends.  Let us know what you think of the program by leaving a comment below.

Happy Friday!

A cancer diagnosis is never easy, no matter what kind of cancer or how far it’s progressed. It reminds us that we are not invincible. However, it also reminds us of our priorities. It allows us to let go of the little things and focus on the most important things in our life.   My tumor was discovered at a regular GYN appointment in mid December of 2010. I almost postponed that appointment. I was too busy to deal with it. However, a little voice in the back of my head made me stop. While cancer was certainly not on my mind, I did know that these visits were important. I took the first available appointment that morning. It was at that visit my doctor found a baseball sized cyst on my left ovary.

I wasn’t terribly alarmed at first. He explained that women have cysts that come and go all of the time. I received more tests, then more after that and by January I was sitting in a gynecologic oncologists office hearing words like “mass” and “cancer.” On January 13th I had surgery to remove the tumor along with my left tube and ovary. That was one of the most difficult parts of my journey. It was fear of the unknown. I didn’t know what I would wake up to. Would the tumor be benign? Would it be malignant? Would I have to have a hysterectomy and never bear more children? What if it had spread? I couldn’t allow my mind to go there.

After surgery, we were so excited. Yes, it was malignant; however, they had caught it at stage 1A!! it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that we learned it was a higher grade malignancy than originally thought and I would have to go through 9 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy.

At that point, I slipped into my competitive mindset. I could compete against this disease! I took on chemo like I did Olympic competition. I prepared my body and mind for what lay ahead. Although I admit I didn’t realize that chemo could pack such a punch! I landed back in the hospital that first grueling week with dehydration and low blood pressure. It was at that point it became real. I was really going through this, this had really happened. Cancer didn’t care that I had 7 Olympic medals.  I focused on taking it one day at a time and trying to achieve some type of goal each day. The nausea was severe, the fatigue difficult. I have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet that still has not gone away. But I made it through.

Losing my hair was one of the more difficult parts of treatment. Even when you think you’re ready for it, losing your hair is a shock. Mine came out in clumps, and left me feeling depressed and embarrassed. Like a lot of people, I saw my hair loss as a symbol of my sickness. I was scared that my son might be frightened of me. I had to turn this around in mind. I had to say to myself: losing my hair is a symbol of all that I am doing to get and remain healthy. It’s a symbol of my road to recovery and good health.

When it came time, I shaved my head. This was something I could control. One of the most difficult and humbling experiences about a cancer diagnosis can be the loss of control. I fought back and regained a little bit of the control I lost.

While it’s easy to think that how we look on the outside isn’t important when you are fighting for your life, it really is. It’s important to be able to look in the mirror and feel like you are still in there somewhere. For many of us, we have to keep up with work, family and other obligations even during treatment. It’s hard to feel like yourself if you don’t look like yourself. Sometimes we just need a break from the roller coaster ride.

That’s one of the reasons I love the Look Good Feel Better program. They understand that the outside is important. Looking good on the outside can help you feel better on the inside. Feeling better overall can give you hope and a better outlook which can aid you in a more positive outcome.

My day at the Look Good Feel Better workshop was a fabulous day filled with laughter, bonding and some great tips and techniques. Like how to use concealer, apply foundation and brighten your eyes with the right shadow colors. We also learned the importance of wearing sunscreen, especially on the top of the head. And how to fill in your eyebrows, style a wig and tie a turban. These are not things you necessarily ask your physician about.

On this day, it wasn’t about the cancer. It was about feeling beautiful, gaining confidence and transforming signs of sickness into signs of life. All with help from the Look Good Feel Better program.

Shannon’s Bio:

 Shannon Miller remains The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))

Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.

Shannon remains a passionate advocate for health and wellness for women and children through her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle.

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