Look Good Feel Better are one of the amazing Charities we support with the Bold is Beautiful project to help empower and support women in need. Look Good Feel Better is a charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing and confidence for anyone undergoing cancer treatments. Laura Hunter, aged 26 from Worcestershire, shares her story.
How did you feel when you were first diagnosed?
No one can ever prepare you for the moment you are diagnosed. You think you will be ready to potentially receive the worst possible news but things don’t always go as you expect them to. I knew I was in a state of shock as I was profusely shaking and felt cold as I awaited my scan immediately after being given the news, but somehow maintained a sense of positivity – but perhaps you could call it ‘hope’. I felt a strange sense of gratefulness that I hadn’t been told it was ‘terminal’ but a great sense of fear of the ‘unknown’ at the same time.
How did you find out about Look Good Feel Better?
I stumbled upon LGFB when browsing the internet for sources of support. When I attended my first meeting to discuss treatment plans, I was also handed a leaflet. I remember there being limited sessions within my area, but when I joined The Haven in Hereford, I got excited as they were starting to introduce the sessions there.
How did you feel before the Look Good Feel Better Workshop?
I was lacking confidence as I had lost my hair, my eyebrows were falling out and my eyelashes were sparse. I struggled to recognise myself in the mirror and felt as though I had lost my identity. I’ve always been quite self-conscious but was always complimented on having lovely long lashes – and to have one of my ‘best’ features taken away was quite upsetting. It’s not about vanity – it’s about feeling like ‘you’ and wanting to regain some of your identity back. I felt nervous about attending but excited and hopeful that LGFB would be able to help me with this – and they did just that.
What impact did the Workshop have on you, what was the most valuable thing about it?
LGFB gave me a huge confidence boost and the opportunity to meet other women in a similar situation. The most valuable thing about the LGFB workshop, is that it helped me to feel less alone and regain some of my inner confidence that I had lost.
I was really struggling to fill in my eyebrows to give a natural look and couldn’t seem to find a good colour match, but the ladies at LGFB gave me some great tips and recommended products and colours to use that I had never thought about using before. It’s amazing how eyebrows can really frame your face and when you have next to none, a bald head and minimal eyelashes to go with that, you need a bit of a confidence boost. The workshop definitely helped me with this.
Would you recommend the LGFB Workshop to other people going through treatment and why?
Definitely – It gives you the opportunity to meet other people facing cancer, whilst feeling pampered and learning amazing tips to manage the visible side-effects of treatment. It’s a huge confidence boost and a way of escaping, even if it’s just for a few hours. A huge part of cancer treatment involves managing your emotions – LGFB help give you the tools to rebuild some of that lost confidence, and help regain your identity.
You can get involved with Bold is Beautiful now by getting your brows waxed in April, and we’ll donate 100% of our profits to Refuge and Look Good Feel Better! OR visit our all PINK charity shop, OR text to donate. For more information head over to uk.boldisbeautiful.com.
Text REFU43 to 70070 to donate £5 to Refuge
Text BOLD15 to 70070 to donate £5 to Look Good Feel Better