A program called “Look Good Feel Better” (LGFB), which is designed to help cancer patients improve their self-confidence by regaining control of their appearance, is underway through the Northwest Hospital Foundation. Pandemic-related directives have changed the way the program is being offered. It was previously held at UPMC Northwest, but is now conducted live online.
The makeovers include complimentary makeup and tips from volunteer beauty experts on skin, hair, accessories and other fashion options. “Hairstyles and cosmetics are more than superficial concerns for women battling a life-threatening disease,” said Theresa Edder, executive director of the foundation that sponsors the program. “Maintaining a positive self-image can have a beneficial impact on a patient’s recovery, especially for at-risk women during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Shirl Baughman, BSN RN and nurse navigator at UPMC Northwest said, “COVID has brought changes to the LGFB program, some of them positive. Participants and volunteers have adapted to virtual classes.” Until the hospital allows for in-person classes again, the LGFB program will continue to hold live virtual classes. “These classes offer the opportunity for at-risk women to attend safely from home,” Baughman said.
LGFB workshops are free for all women undergoing cancer treatment. Registered attendees receive makeup and skin care kits by mail or in person from Baughman prior to their scheduled online class. “Most kits are mailed to participants. If a patient is currently receiving treatment, I can deliver a kit in-person. That way, they do not have to wait and can take a class offered sooner,” said Baughman.
To register for a free online workshop, individuals may visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. Additional information is available by contacting Baughman at 676-7746.
Funded by Northwest Hospital Foundation, the program is offered through a collaboration of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.
Dignity Health Cancer Institute is a member of the Look Good Feel Better Alliance.