Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Look Good Feel Better

My article from the January 20, 2016 issue of The Mena Star

Look Good Feel Better is coming to Polk County.  The Look Good Feel Better program is a free public service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and thereby manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. Since its inception in 1989, Look Good Feel Better has served over 800,000 women in over 3,000 locations.

The program is offered through a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association.  Each year, the cosmetics industry donates more than one million pieces of cosmetics and skin care products, valued at over $10 million dollars.

Kayla Morgan, of Friends and Company, is the Look Good Feel Better consultant for Polk County.  She has attended training and is certified by The American Cancer Society.  The program is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment and for up to one year after treatment.

Look Good Feel Better provides patient education through group workshops, free program materials and free makeup kits for each patient participating in a group workshop.  Participants in a Look Good Feel Better workshop learn about the side effects of cancer treatments and how to cope with them.  They learn about wigs and scarves, how to pencil in natural looking eyebrows, and how to apply makeup to compensate for the effects of chemotherapy on the skin.  Every participant in this free program leaves with their own bag of personal care products and make-up.

Through The American Cancer Society, Kayla Morgan is able to provide new wigs for women who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. These wigs are provided free of charge after a consultation with Kayla.

“I’m trying to help other people get what they need”, says Kayla, “It’s not about me and trying to build up my business, it’s about giving back to the community and helping others.”  If you or someone you know is in need of a wig or is interested in the next Look Good Feel Better group workshop, you can contact Kayla at 479-394-0813.

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