October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). BCAM is an international health campaign to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer (12%) while one in 38 will will die from the disease (2.6%). Chances are you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer so you understand the diagnosis is the beginning of an arduous, difficult journey. This blog post highlights two web sites that serve as resources for women undergoing cancer treatment.
Lisa Lurie, cofounder of the web site Cancer be Glammed writes of her experience:
“When I was 47, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a very short period of time, I became bald, breast-less, and bloated from surgery and chemotherapy. I could barely recognize myself. It was soul destroying.”
Understandably, women experiencing this terrible disease need lots of support and they need different types of support. Aware of these needs firsthand Lisa, and cofounder Ellen Weiss Kander who passed away from liver cancer in 2012, created their web site to to help prepare women for the non-medical, appearance-related side effects of surgery and treatment, and to provide them with easy-access to fashionable recovery products and lifestyle solutions. Check out their site http://www.
cancerbeglammed.com/about- cancer-be-glammed for more information.
A second resource for those undergoing chemotherapy was founded by Heather Brown as a result of breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent chemotherapy treatment. Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016. She felt that keeping her hair would be very important to her mental state and thus affecting the outcome of her treatment.
Heather was able to use the DigniCap which was cleared by the FDA in 2015, although most insurances currently don’t cover the cost. She kept about 90% of her hair, inspiring her to create the foundation Hope For Hair to help those who otherwise couldn’t afford the cost of the cooling cap technology. If you or someone you know is preparing for chemotherapy and would like to use the DigniCap but need financial support check out Heather’s site at Hope For Hair now.
And of course, MedGift is there for those needing financial and emotional support or assistance coordinating tasks.