After being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, Denika Philpott was terrified and feeling vulnerable. Then, early on in her chemo treatments, her mother signed her up for Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), the national charitable program that helps women cope with the appearance-related effects of cancer. At the heart of the LGFB program is a complimentary two-hour workshop where women can connect with other women facing cancer, while learning about skin care, cosmetics and hair alternatives. “It was an experience unlike any I’d ever had,” she says. “When I sat in the workshop with all these supportive, caring, strong women around me, I was so comforted.”
The program provides women with a welcoming environment that helps them to feel like themselves again. “When every woman in that room takes off her wig, or her headscarf, or her hat, and they wipe off their makeup, there’s this incredible vulnerability,” explains Denika. “These volunteers step in and make you feel like you are the most important person in the world at that particular moment. Look Good Feel Better uplifted me—I was left with the understanding that I can be beautiful through breast cancer.”
This type of supportive program has real, lasting benefits. One recent Italian study found that programs that encourage self-esteem help to support the psychological well-being of patients going through cancer treatment.
LGFB certainly made a difference in Denika’s life. Today, she is healthy and an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. She also volunteers with LGFB since it is a program very close to her heart.
In honour of women like Denika, Mary Kay is helping to raise $40,000 in support to Look Good Feel Better. Make a donation today, and Mary Kay will match your gift.