Looking good, feeling better: Improving self image in teenage girls with cancer
When teenager Katie Darby was diagnosed with bone cancer, she began an emotional roller coaster ride that would change her life. In addition to the shock of receiving the diagnosis and undergoing treatment, she also had to cope with the physical effects that the tumour and treatment would bring. “I was upset when I found out I had cancer. When I was losing my hair, I felt worse. I felt more sick,” she says.
Another unexpected challenge was feeling isolated and alone, since none of her friends could relate to what she was going through.
In June 2010, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (SickKids) introduced Darby to a program called Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), where she met other girls going through the same situation. There she learned tips on improving her appearance, and most importantly, gained confidence and self esteem.
Find out how cancer can affect a girl’s self esteem and what the Look Good Feel Better program does to help improve both appearance and body image in girls with cancer. See my article on AboutKidsHealth.