Feeling Better / Looking Better

It is envisioned that hundreds of professional beauty volunteers will provide services to cancer patients. Other volunteer health care professionals, including oncology social workers and cancer guides, will also give their time to the program. The program is open to anyone with cancer who is undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment and who wish to develop a more positive and confident sense of self following cancer. Feeling Beautiful becomes a “confidence concierge,” contributing to better quality of life for all cancer patients. The program is grounded in free one-on-one consultations, both in-person and virtual. The program includes lessons on skin care, cosmetics, nail care, wigs and turbans, accessories, and styling.

Hope & Confidence

The entire effort is devoted to whole-person renewal, all in the quest to help cancer patients get well, stay well, and live well following cancer. Want to learn more? We invite you to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

Patient Suggestions

We asked cancer patients to share what they personally do to look good and feel better. The answers were refreshingly simple, and varied. See if you identify with these ideas.

We all know how important sleep is. Most of us never get enough, especially when we have families. But all of us also know how much better we feel when we get enough. Sleep deprivation means dark circles, cloudier skin, and a lethargic attitude. Not the prettiest ever.

Get a good night’s sleep.Collen, Orange, CA

Most people slouch. If you’re sitting right now, make a point to straighten your back comfortably, rest your shoulders, and align your chin at a relaxed angle. There – isn’t that better? Good posture immediately shaves pounds of your frame, and it decreases stress.

Practice good posture.Chris, Toledo, OH

If you grab a glass of water when you’re thirsty, you’ve waited too long. Drink water almost nonstop, and you should be well hydrated. Your skin will be clearer, you’ll feel fuller, be less likely to snack, and your body will function at its best.

Drink plenty of water.Carla, Seattle, WA

Sounds crazy to actually put this on a list, but if you’re a cancer patient, you understand. There are days when it’s a minor miracle to take a shower, brush your teeth, and change out of your pajamas before noon. But doing so really does improve your mood, your productivity, and most obviously your appearance.

Take a shower and get groomed.Ali, Greenwich, CT

We can forget to smile – or even look pleasant – when we’re in the middle of the cancer battle. But we will immediately feel better when we make a concentrated effort to smile. And others, like our spouse and children, relate to us more peacefully when we have a smile on our face. Plus, we’ll look better, too.

Put on a smile.Kiesha, Spring, TX

This idea sounds trite and shallow until you get the basic point. Wearing a color that works with our skin tone creates a positive aura that is unmistakable and uplifting.

Wear my favorite color.Beverly, Atlanta, GA

Many cancer patients experience hair loss during treatment. And following treatment, one’s hair often grows back differently, even changing color and texture. A quality haircut that frames our face and works with our hair type is always a lift to the spirit.

Get a good haircut.Malou, New Orleans, LA

Sunlight emits vitamin D which is an essential component of healing. Combined with fresh air, ambient sound, and natural colors all equal an ideal environment for better health. Better health means a better outward appearance.

Spend time outside.Caitlynn, Philadelphia, PA

This is a discipline that does not come naturally to many people. But we know how much better we feel, look, and thrive when we get exercise. But even a walk around the block works wonders to clear your head and improve your mood. And when you’re physically working your body, it goes without saying that you feel better about your appearance.

Get daily exercise.Louisa, Newport, RI

Quality down time, as opposed to just any old down time, results in a better rested person, who is positive, quick to smile, and alert to the here and now moment—all great ingredients for looking great and feeling better.

Schedule quality down time.Tracy, Virginia Beach, VA

“Make It Work” in your life.

For the rest of this week, choose one of the above items and make a deliberate effort to make it a regular part of your routine. Today, if you haven’t yet, take a shower and groom yourself after you read this. Or make a plan to take a walk around the block every day. Or if you feel overwhelmed by these, simply write “smile” on a sticky note and put it over the kitchen sink – let it remind you of one of the easiest mental health secrets of all time.

What would you add to the list? [Click below] to share what you do to look great and feel better.

    It's time to make Feeling Beautiful our priority. Let's bring renewal to cancer patients together.

    Your support will directly help patients in need focus on healing.

    We invite you to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.