CAMBRIDGE -- As women cope with their diagnosis of cancer, it is important for them to know that there are free services available in our community to help boost their self-confidence. A free "Look Good Feel Better" session will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Addison Room at Southeastern Med.

"Look Good Feel Better" is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society is the primary sponsor of the "Look Good Feel Better" program. In these sessions, Jaci Paynter, a trained, volunteer cosmetologist, teaches women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry.

The free cosmetic kits provided at these group sessions are available in four different shades to enhance all complexion types.

Makeup application covers everything from cleansing to powder. In addition to makeup and nail tips, participants will also learn how to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories to disguise hair loss. "I love being a part of this program and helping women feel better about their appearance," Paynter explained. "It's amazing to see how someone's demeanor can totally change when they gain confidence."

If you are interested in boosting your self-confidence in a supportive group environment, reservations are required. With upcoming parties and events this holiday season, "Look Good Feel Better" may be just the pick me up your spirit needs.

Call Sharon Gay, RN-C, Southeastern Med's breast health navigator, at 740-439-8117 to register to attend "Look Good Feel Better."