Look Good, Feel Better?

Nagu mainisin eelmises postituses, siis elmisel nädalavahetusel tegin miskit suhteliselt omapärast ja lahedat. Laupäeva hommikul käisin Austraalia Cancer Patients Foundation’i korraldatud “Look Good, Feel Better” vähihaigetele noortele naistele mõeldud 2.5 tunnisel koolitusel, kus vabatahtlikud (kosmeetikud, juuksurid jne) näitasid kuidas oma (tundliku & kuiva) naha eest hoolt kanda ja meiki teha kui kulmud-ripsmed välja kukkunud. Samuti näidati-anti proovida erinevaid parukaid ja õpetati kuidas rätist kenasid turbaneid-peakatteid teha.

Antud idee pärineb Ameerikast,  aga on Austraalias korraldatud juba viimased 25 aastat sadade tuhandete osavõtjatega. Tegelikult on siinne Cancer Council hästi aktiivne – pidevalt toimub hästi palju tasuta üritusi, koolitusi jne vähihaigetele. Polegi maininud, et olen juba ühe korra käinud tasuta 6-nädalasel meditatsiooni kursusel oma elukaaslasega, mis peaks ideaalis aitama stressi jne ära hoidma. Mulle ei meeldi eriti kui pean oma mugavustsoonist välja astuma, aga samas on alati huvitav proovida uusi asju, kunagi ei tea kuidas ja mismoodi kasulik on…

Aga ok, jällegi kaldusin teemast kõrvale. Tagasi “Look Good, Feel Better” koolituse juurde. Kuigi alguses läksin sinna veidikeste eelarvamustega (jällegi väljaspool minu mugavustsooni), siis tegelikult oli see koolitus ülilahe! Kokku oli meid seal umbes 8 tükki ja “jagasime” 4 vabatahtlikku, kes meid siis abistasid a’la kulmude joonistamisel, haha. Kõik kreemid-meigitooted, mis koolituse jooksul kasutasime, saime endale. Tasuta. Täiesti tasuta. Ja ma räägin – see kott on tegelikult väärt suhteliselt mitu kopikat, sest tooted on nt. Chanel, Estee Lauder ja Clinique, lisaks muudele odavamatele kosmeetikabrändidele. Kotis kaasas: näokreem, kaks jumestuskreemi, siniste silmaaluste katmiseks mingi kreem (?), põsepuna, kaks ripsmetušši, kulmupliiats, silmapliiats, laovärvikomplekt, kaks huulepulka ja peotäis erinevate kreemide testereid… suht hea diil!

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Ja paar pilti minust erinevate parukatega, mida proovisin… ja kell 12.30 keset päeva totaalse õhtumeigiga! Ulalalaaa, eks?

Ma ei tea, kas midagi sellist Eestis üldsegi korraldatakse? Kui mitte, siis võiks keegi asja kätte võtta ja ära teha – nii lihtne, aga samas nii kasulik. Sain päris mitu head trikki mida teha kui nt. ripsmeid pole enam… eile õhtul just avastasin, et keset mõlema silma ripsmerida juba suht suur auk sees. Nuuks, varsti olen ripsmetu.

*Tegelikult olen oma ostetud parukat ainult paar korda kandnud, nt. kui käisime teatris – uhkete riietega oli liiga imelik “muna” olla…Aga hetkel senimaani kuni kasvõi kaks karva alles on – tsillin niisama kiilaspeana. Hiljem ilmselt kannan pearätti. Pole paha.

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I did something quite fun and different last Saturday morning. Though I actually didn’t feel too great after just going off the steroid drug the day before, but it was booked already for ages. I went for an Australian Cancer Patient’s Council organised “Look Good, Feel Better” a 2.5 hour workshop for women affected by cancer. During the workshop volunteers showed us how to take care of your skin – during chemo treatment skin gets very dry – and how to apply make-up when you have lost your eyelashes and eyebrows. They also showed us how to make different headscarfs and let us try various wigs. This workshop originates from the United States, but has been taking place in Australia already for 25 years with hundreds of thousands of participants. Actually the local Cancer Council is super active here and they often organise different events and workshops for cancer patients. I think I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’ve been going to a 6-week once a week Mindfulness Course (meditation) for the past few weeks with my partner… ideally it is aimed to reducing cancer/treatment related stress. Going there is definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I think it is important to try new things, never know how it can be useful in both short and long term…

Ok, again I went off-topic, back to the workshop –  I think it was 8 women attending and 4 volunteers taking care of us.. although I didn’t really want to go at first because it was  AGAIN a little bit going out of my comfort zone (too much personal attention!), it was actually so useful and I got some really good tips. Plus all the cosmetics we used during the workshop we got for ourselves, for FREE. Yes, for free. We got face cream, 2 concealers, some cream for dark circles around the eyes, blush, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, 2 mascaras, 2 lipsticks, and handful of face cream testers… and really, most of the cosmetics were from really decent brands – Chanel, Clinique and Estee Lauder.. worth quite a bit. There’s a picture of the goodie-bag in the Estonian language post. Plus couple of pictures of me with full NIGHT make up (at 12.30pm) and two different wigs. Which one suits me better?

I am not too sure whether many European countries have this program running? If not, then someone should totally take the matter in their hands and organise it, it is so useful..and so helpful for many cancer affected women, I’m sure! Especially everything related to hair loss – for me I think it was so useful to learn about drawing eyebrows and “making” eyelashes when these tiny hairs fall out. Actually I noticed last night that I have a massive gap in both of my eyelashes.. have lost some already, not cool.

*Also, I actually haven’t been wearing the wig I bought that much at all yet.. Only couple of times, when needed to look more “appropriate” – when went to to the theatre, with nicer clothes on I looked so weird with no hair, so opted for the wig. Otherwise I am proud of my bald hear and rock it big time –> at least until all the hair falls out. Then I will probably opt for a cool scarf.

Xoxo

 

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