Blog 3- Back in Hospital and LGFB
So I’ve been back in hospital. Bleh.
Possible appendicitis, just what I need right? On the upside I’ll be having my Hickman line out soon!! No more tubey Em…. yeah, it is pretty gross.
So as of 1.13pm I am sat in TCT Cardiff, waiting to hear if I am going to have my Hickman line out today, with the lovely Beatrice and our very nearly matching hats, spending our time discussing names for our lines. Hector was the favourite (!)
Been in since Saturday afternoon, meaning I’ve been in hospital for 4 nights- 3 of which I was the only patient in! How odd. I ended up playing board games with the nurses, which was pretty cool!
On the good side, Beatrice found out today that one of her brothers is a stem cell match for her! YAY!
Funnily enough though she has two brothers, and didn’t know at first which one is the match…….slightly awkward, but just amazing!
Also today, I gifted our very first thing as a part of RemissionPossible- an earwarmer/headband! Though they aren’t ready yet we hope to get the gift boxes up and running soon!
So the other thing I’m going to talk about today is Look Good Feel Better. I went on one of their makeup workshops last Tuesday, and as promised on the last blog post I’m going to tell you all about it.
Look Good Feel Better are an international charity providing beauty services for women and teenagers with cancer. They aim to make ladies feel good about themselves and how they look, seeing that is one thing that changes dramatically during treatment- I know I look really different now! The whole ethos is that is you look good, you feel better, both about your look and in yourself.
The makeup workshop I went to was at Velindre Hospital, and it was me and my friend Jade who went (unfortunately no one else went, but that is a whole other story 😒) and we were treated like stars! Because it was just the two of us, we got to chat to the volunteers, and have our makeup done by the ladies, instead of follow in their lead, as usual with LGFB. What I loved about the volunteers was that they all had a close experience with cancer, one of them having had Breast Cancer, and the other two having had close friends and family battle- they all kinda KNEW what it was like, they had seen the effects first hand and it meant they did their job so well. I can’t really explain the difference it made, perhaps it was the atmosphere, it wasn’t like they felt sympathetic, like so many people do, didn’t feel sorry. They are ANGELS.
The BIGGEST thing about LGFB and the thing that made me totally amazed were the goodie bags. In fact they are so amazing they shouldn’t be referred to as goodie bags. Maybe ‘amazingly treaty super beautiful makeup goodie bags’ would fit the bill. Just about. Honestly, they were exactly what I needed, all new makeup (all of mine had gone off and a bit crusty during 4 months of basically no use) tips on how to do it
in the best possible way, tips for a pretty sickly looking face, for new eyelashes (YES they have grown back) and not-quite-there eyebrows.
This (as we will now call it) ‘amazingly treaty super beautiful makeup goodie bag’ contained all the make up I could want, from gorgeous brands as well as skincare products from equally amazing brands. The 12 step guide to putting all the makeup on is just Brill, I would recommend anyone to download it off of their website, not just people having treatment. (some of the makeup was Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Clinique! Still totally amazed!)-
Anyone interested in helping LGFB can help in a very easy way, without having to give any money! You can help Look Good Feel Better by recycling your used inkjet printer cartridges. All you have to do is visit http://www.therecyclingfactory.com/lgfb and request some envelopes, which you just pop the cartridges in and send off in the post! Doing this is effectively giving a donation to the charity, without you having to give any extra money.
If you do support LGFB in this way, please keep us informed!
Their website is http://www.lgfb.co.uk
Keep smiling! 😄