Looking good but feeling better

08/Mar/2013

Comments: 4 readers have left a comment

EVERY woman likes to look and feel her best but after months and sometimes years of gruelling medical treatment, cancer survivors have often undergone an identity crisis that saps their confidence.

Denise Giuffre (49) is back to her old self after participating in two free Look Good Feel Better workshops designed especially for women diagnosed with cancer.

Her only regret is not having done the workshops earlier in her cancer journey. The Rockingham grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 37 and encourages others fighting their own battle to get involved in the workshops sooner rather than later.

After chemo and radiotherapy Ms Giuffre went into remission, but the cancer returned in her spine in 2006 and in 2011 she was crushed to learn she had stage four cancer and would never be cured.

In her trademark positive manner, Ms Giuffre enrolled in her first workshop last year and found the support and friendship so beneficial she completed a second, relieved to embrace her usual colourful “out there” fashion sense with the help of specialist make-up and wigs.

“I can’t tell you enough how good the workshops made me feel after being so miserable and down for so long. The volunteers that run them are amazing women,” Ms Giuffre said.

“I now look forward to a brighter and positive future. The workshops help build you up again and give you a different outlook on life. It was great to be able to rejoice in feeling like a woman again.”

In another positive testimony, Ms Giuffre’s mother and carer Joan Bellair also speaks highly of the workshops after experiencing them as part of her own breast cancer survival journey.


Bookmark and Share "

What everyone else is thinking

Robyn

25/03/2013

Dave, you go to the website www.lgfb.org.au and it will give you all the information and a booking form. It is very worthwhile for any one going through cancer treatment.

Lou Lou

13/03/2013

You are one crazy wonderful human being, and I have done the workshops they are uplifting and give you esteem to do well never never give up. I've met some amazing women and their strength and commitment inspire me and others to keep going. Thanks Denise. Love you. Xx

jackie

11/03/2013

What a fantastic story.
This is what I call a well worth while workshop.
Well done to everyone who donates there time and effort just to
put a smile on someone else's face.

Dave

11/03/2013

Any chance of some contact details for this workshop?

Share your thoughts in 60 seconds!

Members : login to comment


 

Wednesday 03 Sep 2014

  • Min 11°C
  • Max 22°C

Thursday

  • 9 - 23°C

Friday

  • 11 - 27°C

Latest Competitions

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Featured Videos

Cat Haven Update

Reporter Rosanna Candler with this week's Cat Haven update.
Dogs' Refuge Update
Reporter Rosanna Candler with this week's Dogs' Refuge Home update.

Subscribe Page
HBF Junior Sports Heroes
Supporting the local community
email subscribe link
  CommunityPix banner link