“Feeling pretty and having courage and confidence are important for a woman after being diagnosed with cancer.  The information concerning treatment can be overwhelming,” said Renee Wardlaw, site coordinator for the “Look Good Feel Better” program at Duke Regional Hospital. She, herself, is a five-year breast cancer survivor.  She says attending the program empowered her and made her recovery more bearable. 

The “Look Good Feel Better” program is a free two-hour workshop for women about to undergo cancer treatment, who are currently undergoing treatment or who have recently completed treatment. The program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association.  Each participant receives a free cosmetic kit valued at $250 or more.  The event includes skin care and makeup application, wigs, scarves and personal style tips.  Participants enjoy an evening of friendship, laughter and understanding, said Wardlaw. She begins each event with this announcement: “We are pleased to host this event and hope you are able to relax and enjoy being pampered for the next two hours.”  By the end of the session, most say they feel refreshed, beautiful and have a new attitude.

The volunteers for the “Look Good Feel Better” program at Duke Regional hospital have a combined 55 years of experience with the program. Renee Wardlaw, who works for Duke Health Technology Solutions as an IT Analyst at Duke Regional Hospital, has volunteered for two years with Look Good Feel Better.  Sherry Perry, a Patient Service Associate in Nuclear Medicine has also volunteered for two years. Of the three beauty professionals, Mitch Adkins and Janie Carmack each have 25 years with the program and Cynthia Long has one year of experience.  

For more information or to register for “Look Good Feel Better,” call 1-888-275-3853 or 919-470-7168, or visit the web site at lookgoodfeelbetter.org