Warkworth cancer sufferer Bridgit Gay found the Look Good Feel Better classes transformed her outlook.
A campaign that challenges Kiwis to give up alcohol for a month to raise funds for people affected by cancer returns this July.
Dry July supports cancer charities Look Good Feel Better, Prostrate Cancer Foundation NZ, Bowel Cancer NZ and PINC & STEEL.
Look Good Feel Better offers free classes to teach tips and tricks to disguise the visible effects of cancer as well as instill confidence.
Among those to benefit from Look Good Feel Better is Warkworth mother of two Bridgit Gay.
Last year, while much of the country was in lockdown, Gay was in hospital having surgery followed by chemotherapy.
The ravaging side effects meant further hospitalisation, and lockdown restrictions meant nobody was allowed to visit her.
“Chemotherapy was really, really gruelling and I ended up back in hospital four times. Life was like I woke up in a bad dream and that bad dream didn’t go away,” Gay says.
Bridgit found Look Good Feel Good on the internet and thought it would be nice to have something nice to do as an antidote to the unpleasant cancer treatments.
She says she had given up taking any interest in her appearance following her cancer diagnosis and had abandoned using makeup.
“Looking at your face in the mirror you feel you look sick, you feel sick and you don’t have the energy,” she says.
But Bridgit changed her mind after attending classes.
“At the class I was looking at the woman opposite me. She had no hair and then all of a sudden she had a bit of makeup on and her eyes looked incredible. She just lit up. She was feeling good and I felt that way too,” Gay says.
“Ever since that class I have been putting makeup on. It just makes me feel a whole lot better about myself again.”
To sign up for Dry July, sponsor a friend or join as a team, visit www.dryjuly.co.nz.