(From left) Alisha Newman, owner of Envy Hair Design, cancer patient Louella Kelly, cancer survivor Jenny McIntosh (rear) and breast care nurse Sharon Shelford.
(From left) Alisha Newman, owner of Envy Hair Design, cancer patient Louella Kelly, cancer survivor Jenny McIntosh (rear) and breast care nurse Sharon Shelford. Renee Pilcher

Getting the treatment

WORKSHOPS dedicated to teaching women beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-esteem both during and after cancer treatments are now being run in Gympie.

Sharon Shelford, a McGrath Foundation breast care nurse based at Gympie Health Service, said cancer treatments could sometimes cause changes to a patient's skin, hair and general appearance.

"Our Look Good, Feel Better workshops teach ladies how to manage these changes in a relaxed and friendly environment," Ms Shelford said.

"The workshops are free and available to women recently diagnosed with cancer, undergoing or about to undergo chemotherapy and or radiotherapy treatments for cancer.

"Experienced volunteers from the cosmetic and beauty industry teach ladies how to care for their skin and apply make up to help minimise the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

"Ladies are also taught creative and practical ways of dealing with possible hair loss."

Each woman attending the workshops receives a complimentary set of skin care and makeup to use on the day. The workshops last for about two hours and participants friends or relatives are welcome.

"These workshops are beneficial to participants on so many levels," Ms Shelford said.

"Apart from the obvious benefits of learning new makeup and hair techniques, participants comment that the workshops provide an avenue to meet other ladies who are undergoing similar experiences."

The workshops are held at Gympie and District Women's Health Centre in Alfred St.

Two more are planned this year on August 28 and October 30.

To register, phone the Women's Health Centre (phone 5483 6588) or McGrath breast care nurse Sharon Shelford on 5489 8426.

Gympie Times


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