Cancer patients helped to look good and feel better

AN UPBEAT Lesley Seymour looks in the mirror at her fiery red hair and muses to her make-up team that her husband would "really" like her in this.

It is a light-hearted moment in the Noosa Hospital meeting room for the Pacific Paradise woman, who has undergone a six-week course of radiotherapy for breast cancer.

Mrs Seymour is winding up a two-hour Look Good Feel Better workshop, which has worked its usual magic and made her feel good about herself.

There are other wigs to try, one as a dusty blonde - a sort of Pretty Woman dress-up moment that will lift her spirits and restore lots of lost confidence about how she presents to the world.

And yet the otherwise positively reassuring LGFB volunteers like Noosa facilitator Di Grieve and hairdresser Tania Davey lament quietly on the side that hardly anyone in the public eye has ever heard of, to use Mrs Seymour's description, the "wonderful" work they do on cancer patients' self-esteem.

Look Good Fell Better launch volunteer hairdresser Tania Davey works with model Lesley Seymour as she gets a wig at Noosa Hospital.
Look Good Fell Better launch volunteer hairdresser Tania Davey works with model Lesley Seymour as she gets a wig at Noosa Hospital. Geoff Potter

That should all change as the LGFB charity is about to gain great exposure as the charity partner to the Noosa Jazz Festival, which begins on September 3. It will raise funds and awareness to continue to pep up so many women, as well as men and even image-conscious teenagers.

Di hopes it will help put the LGFB name up in lights.

"It's sad that the general public never hear of us - we do so much good," she said.

"They (the patients) often come in here feeling very overwhelmed - worried, scared, frightened, anxious and all that.

"And then we come in and tell them they've entered into a safe environment for the next two hours and 'you're to leave your problems outside the door and we're here to have fun'."

Other wigs are tried on, and some like their new hair colour so much they prefer to stay that way for a while.

Mrs Seymour said she found out about LGFB workshops from the breast care nurse at Nambour Hospital and "thought I'd come along".

"You're meeting other people and you hear their stories as much as yours ... I think you often can be helpful to each other," she said.

"You end up looking better, feeling better - it definitely makes you feel a lot better," she said.


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