You're never "too young" to have cancer


You're never "too young" to have cancer

Jan. 2, 2018 | by Ashlinn Sarah Jane

Now even though this is a bit of a conflicting review, Look Good Feel Better is still a phenomenal program for cancer patients everywhere. They offer a hands-on approach on how to take control of something in your life that is otherwise so chaotic, a disease that largely has us all helpless.

Not only does Look Good Feel Better provide you with all the tools and goodies; makeup and applicators necessary to take control of your image, but they also teach you and guide you on how to use these products in a way that works best for you. My session was small in the number of participants and this allowed everyone's questions to be answered and permitted a personalized experience. There are kits for every eye-colour and skin-tone. It truly is an inclusive experience.

My experience however, was a bit alienating. I sat among the middle aged women at a mere 22 years old, having been in remission under a year and still stark bald, and answered questions as to how someone as young as me could get cancer to the best of my ability. I really didn't know how. Despite comments that I was 'too young' to have cancer -- which I clearly wasn't considering I was there, recovering from leukemia -- the women were all friendly and kind. I knew they all meant well and the reaction I got there wasn't much more different than the reaction anywhere else I went in my headscarf. This was just a microcosm of society's general difficulty in dealing with sickness in youth.

I highly recommend the LGFB services to anyone going through cancer treatment. It is an empowering way to take hold of your self-confidence when it is mostly out of your hands. My mother attended a group nearly ten years before I did during her battle with breast cancer and I intend to continue the tradition and pass this service on to anyone who is, goodness forbid, in the fight.

I still use the skills I learned for applying my makeup today and they have served very handy. I highly recommend this program to any and all cancer patients looking to explore with makeup.




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Ashlinn Sarah Jane

Ashlinn Sarah Jane

I survived leukemia at 21 through an anonymous donation of stem cells. After losing my mum to breast cancer at 17, my sister, a survivor of non-hodgkins lymphoma was there to help me through. Through my posts I hope to showcase an honest portrayal of battling cancer, while sharing my personal story and the issues that have been important to me.