I would be willing to bet that if you are reading this right now, you know someone who has – or is in remission from – breast cancer. This is certainly true for me. My grandmother, my aunt, my mom and my mother-in-law have all had some form a breast cancer. Obviously this kind of family history makes me very aware of my own risks, but as a mom of two young girls… I also worry about theirs. In addition, in this past year alone, I have watched three different women, young mother’s like myself, lose the battle with this disease, leaving their small children behind them. It is scary and it is sad. If you are like me, when you feel powerless, you look for a way to take action.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cincinnati Moms Blog is thrilled to be partnering with Ink to the People to offer our readers an opportunity to join us and more than a dozen City Moms Blog Sister Sites across the country in raising funds for Look Good Feel Better, an organization that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetic techniques, and wigs and turbans, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that has ceased to be normal.
The program is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment.
Thousands of volunteer beauty professionals support Look Good Feel Better. All are trained and certified by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association at local, statewide, and national workshops. Other volunteer health care professionals and individuals also give their time to the program.
Nothing prepares you for losing your hair – ALL your hair. At the same time, your skin becomes incredibly dry and sensitive. You’re pale. Your nails are peeling and breaking so easily. And you’re tired. So freaking tired. Exhausted, you finally understand that term. Not to mention you have two different shaped boobs now (or no boobs post-surgery). Maybe your underarm skin is literally peeling off from the burns of radiation, and you can’t wear deodorant anymore. No matter how skilled you are at the smoky eye or the latest blow-out style, cancer makes all that moot. Looking “normal” when you have cancer means DRAWING on eyebrows, figuring out what eyelash glue won’t literally rip your lid skin off, and starting reading labels on nail polishes to find the least drying. Everything you used before isn’t the right color now with your pale skin, or it’s too dry, or it takes too long (and darnit, you’re tired). Hairstyling is another story – whether you opt to shave it off or let it fall out from the chemicals, how do you feel beautiful now? How do you feel like a WOMAN, not a cancer patient? Look Good Feel Better provides basic lessons to women undergoing cancer treatments. From tying scarves, finding a “cranial prosthetic” (aka wig), applying makeup (and brands that work), dressing for your new body, the organization’s workshops help women feel their best, so they can focus on kicking the crap out of cancer.
We are so excited to bring you a simple and fashionable way to support our efforts! From now until November, we are thrilled to give you the opportunity to join us as we “Fight Like a Mother” against breast cancer and help other women like us regain a sense of beauty and normalcy while they undergo treatment.
Fight Like a Mother Shirt
The perfect combination of soft and strong, this raglan tee by Next Level Apparel comes with the perfect blend of three fabrics, making this comfy favorite a keeper; 50% polyester/25% combed ring-spun cotton/25% rayon jersey; 4.3 oz.; fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage; 32 singles for extreme softness.
All funds goes to the production of the shirts and to benefit Look Good Feel Better.
Ink to the People is a Milwaukee-based company that brings fundraising right to the people and we are thrilled to partner with them on this campaign. From school fundraisers to nationwide campaigns, Ink to the People makes it easy to raise funds for your cause or organization with full transparency, no inventory and no worries. It’s fundraising made simple with the convenience and flexibility of their talented staff.