Volunteer Sue Smart helps Hervey Bay cancer patient Vera Milne, 82, with her blusher during yesterday’s workshop.
Volunteer Sue Smart helps Hervey Bay cancer patient Vera Milne, 82, with her blusher during yesterday’s workshop.

So much more than make-up

EYEBROWS and eyelashes were on the agenda for Sue Smart and Vera Milne yesterday when they got together at the award-winning Look Good Feel Better workshop at Hervey Bay Hospital.

“Losing eyebrows and eyelashes was a bigger deal for me than losing my hair,” former cancer patient Sue Smart said.

“I showed her some techniques I had learned when I was sick.

“You know yourself (when you don’t have eyebrows or eyelashes) but by using careful make-up, others don’t.”

Ms Smart was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2007. Her chemotherapy continued through to mid-2008, including a Look Good Feel Better session near the end of her treatment.

When the opportunity to return the favour presented itself in August 2008, she didn’t hesitate for a moment.

“It’s a very positive experience to be with other people. I remember it used to make me feel special, getting a bag of goodies to take away with me.”

The bag of goodies each patient receives has cosmetic treats from big names like Chanel, Lancôme, Avon, Estee Lauder and Nivea. The Australian cosmetic industry donates $3.5 million worth of products each year.

“I enjoy being in a position to be part of someone else’s journey,” Ms Smart, who moved to Hervey Bay in 2007, said.

Twenty-two cancer patients lined up to be pampered at the hospital yesterday, with one volunteer summing up the tone of the day during introductions.

“It’s such a treat to treat you ladies,” she said.

LGFB is dedicated to teaching cancer patients techniques to restore their appearance and self image during chemotherapy and radiation treatment.



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