Taste of normal living with cancer

Charity Look Good Feel Better is holding a free skin care and make-up class for people living...
Charity Look Good Feel Better is holding a free skin care and make-up class for people living with cancer, in Alexandra, next week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
New Zealand charity Look Good Feel Better is bringing its signature event to Alexandra next week.

On average, every 22 minutes someone living in New Zealand will be told "you have cancer".

More than 26,000 people are diagnosed a year.

The organisation provides free skin care and makeup classes for anyone at any stage of a cancer journey, from diagnosis through to treatment.

It also has a broad wellbeing programme of online sessions such as chair yoga, pilates and mindfulness, along with on-demand refresher videos, expert Q&As and podcasts.

Look Good Feel Better general manager Clare O’Higgins said the organisation had been in New Zealand for 32 years and was about having non-medical, practical and tangible support for anyone with cancer.

The skin care and makeup classes were an opportunity for those living with cancer to get a taste of normality, she said.

"When you go through treatment nothing is normal and so much is out of your control — treatment and care of things.

"To be able to come to a class as you’re going though it ...it might be for mental wellbeing, it could be you’re continuing to work through treatment and don’t want to look like cancer ... This is something you can take charge of."

It was also an opportunity to focus on "you the person, not you the patient", she said.

"This is a chance for you to meet with other people that you don’t have to explain the reason why you’re in the class ... It’s also time to share tips and tricks."

"Everyone deserves to have a ‘feel better’ day and that’s what we’re here for."

Look Good Feel Better is holding a skin care and makeup class on Wednesday, March 20, at the St John Ambulance Hall.

 

 

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