“AN EX­PE­RI­ENCE UN­LIKE ANY I’D EVER HAD”

Join Look Good Feel Bet­ter in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to Cana­dian women fac­ing can­cer.

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Pets -

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 twohour 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. 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. A re­cent study pub­lished in the jour­nal

Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy 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 Cos­met­ics Ltd. is help­ing to raise $40,000 in sup­port of Look Good Feel Bet­ter. Make a do­na­tion to­day, and Mary Kay Cos­met­ics Ltd. will match your gift.

“When I sat in the work­shop with all these sup­port­ive, car­ing, strong women around me, I was so com­forted.”

Denika Philpott, Tor­bay, NL.

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