Wednesday, March 16, 2011
If you go
What: Look Good, Feel Better workshop for women going through chemotherapy
When: 1 to 3 p.m. March 24
Where: Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 1040 Central Park Drive
Contact: Reggie Scofield at 970-736-8120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Steamboat Springs About six weeks ago, 70-year-old June Nelson ran her fingers through her shoulder-length gray hair, pulling clumps of it right out of her head.
The Yampa resident had just finished her first round of chemotherapy, just months after having a double mastectomy to help rid her body of the breast cancer doctors found in October.
“I thought, ‘Boy, I sure am homely,’” Nelson joked about her post-chemo appearance. But through family members, she was introduced to Phippsburg cosmetologist Reggie Scofield, who shaved her head for her and helped her pick out a light gray wig of artificial hair that fell just past her shoulders.
“I felt it was good for me to get rid of my hair and become bald fairly soon and become comfortable with wearing a wig,” Nelson said. “When I went to my exercise class at Aging Well, they commented on how my hair looked nice. I don’t think they actually realized it was a wig.”
Scofield has been doing hair for 42 years and is using her skills as a volunteer with Look Good, Feel Better, a nationwide public service program designed to help women undergoing chemotherapy address cosmetology issues.
Though she has been meeting with cancer patients one-on-one for the past year and a half, Scofield will lead the area’s first group workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office.
The workshop will provide a free makeup kit, wigs and headwear courtesy of the national Look Good, Feel Better program.
Instruction will include topics such as how to tie scarves over your head, penciling in eyebrows and supplementing lost eyelashes.
The program is free to anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
“It’s so when they go out in public, they’re feeling good about themselves,” Scofield said about the workshops. “It encourages them, so they know they’re not alone in this. It’s just a camaraderie just like any support group, only with this one we hope that it’s not just soothing their minds, we hope it will increase their self-esteem, and they’ll feel a little better when they leave than they did when they came in.”
Scofield said her motivation for volunteering her time stems from a desire to “pay it forward” and share the many blessings she’s had in her life with others.
“I have to say it’s amazing how much resiliency there is in the human spirit,” she said. “Here, they are going through a very down period, and you can always find something to laugh about.
“It’s amazing the friendships and laughter that you get to accept through this.”
Nelson, who lost her sister to breast cancer three years ago, said the light at the end of the tunnel will motivate her as she starts her third round of chemo Thursday.
“I’ll eventually get back to being a stronger person and be able to have a normal life,” she said.