INTRODUCTION

 The Beginning

 

  1   PLAN FOR WHAT YOU CAN

   Before Treatment Begins

  Planning Checklist

  Financial Resources

  Fertility Preservation

 

  2   HEADS UP

  Helping You Through Hair Loss

 

  HAIR LOSS

  What to Expect

  Taking Control

  Finding a Wig Salon

  Choosing a Wig

 

  TYPES OF WIGS

  Human Hair

  Synthetic

  Human Hair/Synthetic Blend

  Custom-Made

 

  WIG CAP CONSTRUCTION

   Machine-Made

  Monofilament Top

  100 % Hand-Tied

 

  SPECIAL WIG FEATURES, ACCESSORIES, AND CARE

  Lace Front

  Ear Tabs

  Adjustable Straps

  Wig Liners

  Wig Sizing

  Wig Maintenance

 

  OTHER HAIR ALTERNATIVES

  Hats, Scarves, and Wraps

  Cold Caps

 

  HAIR RE-GROWTH

  Hair Coloring

 

  3   KEEP IT CLEAN

  Tips to Prevent Infection

 

  Good Hygiene Habits

  Grooming Safety

 

  4   LET’S FACE IT

  Facial Care and Make-Up Tips

 

  SKINCARE

  Cleanse

  Tone

  Moisturize

  Protect

 

  MAKE-UP

  Foundation

  Concealer

  Blush

  Mascara

  Eyeshadow

  Eyeliner

  Lipstick

 

  EYEBROWS

  Stencil

  Human Hair Adhesive

  Microblading

  Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

 

  EYELASHES

 

  5   YOU NAILED IT

  The Do’s and Don’ts Of Nail Care

 

  6   SOS

  Some Other Side-Effects

 

  SKIN PROBLEMS

  Acne

  Blistering

  Dry/Cracked Skin

  Flushing/Red Cheeks

  Photosensitivity

  Puffy Eyes

  Radiation Burns

  Rashes/Hives/Itching

  Skin Discoloration

 

  SCARRING

  Types of Scars

  Reducing the Appearance of Scars

  Over-The-Counter Scar Treatments

  Tattoo Art

  Alternative Therapy

  Medical Solutions

  MOUTH PROBLEMS

  Dry Mouth

  Oral Thrush

  Metallic Taste

  Mouth Sores

  OTHER SIDE-EFFECTS

  Gas and Bloating

  Nausea

  Hot Flashes

  Inflammation/Swelling

  Cognitive Impairment (Chemo Brain)

 

  7   SURGERY SMARTS

  Preparing For Surgery

 

  Checklist

  Comforting Words from an OR Nurse

 

  TYPES OF SURGERIES

  Face, Head, Neck


  Breast

  Lumpectomy

  Mastectomy

  Reconstruction

  Nipple and Areola Reconstruction


  Hysterectomy


  Ostomy

 

  8   PRACTICAL, COMFY, PRETTY, AND FUNKY

  Treatment-Friendly Fashion, Accessories, and       Ideas

 

  MASTECTOMY, LUMPECTOMY, AND RECONSTRUCTION     SOLUTIONS

 

  Bras

  Post-Surgical Healing Bra

  Compression

  Camisole

  Everyday / Mastectomy Bra

 

  Prosthetic Options

  Full Breast Prosthesis

  Partial Breast Prosthesis

  Swimwear Prosthesis

  Adhesive Nipples

 

  Swimwear


  OSTOMY OPTIONS

  Urinary Bag Covers

  Odor Eliminators

 

  HYSTERECTOMY SUPPORTS

  Post Op Panties

  Cold Pack Pouches

 

  LYMPHEDEMA PREVENTION

  Compression Sleeves

  Compression Stockings

 

  HEAD AND NECKWEAR

  Jewellery

  Turtlenecks

  Scarves

  Hats

 

  TATTOOING

  Chest

  Stomach

  Nipple and Areola

 

  OTHER HELPFUL ITEMS

  Picc Line Covers

  Seat Belt Cushions

  Breast Pillows

  Post-Surgery Wear

  Night Sweats/Hot Flashes Sleepwear

 

  9   LET’S GET PHYSICAL

  Embracing Exercise & Sex During Treatment

 

  Exercise Options

  Tips for Healthy & Safe Sex

 

  10   BRIGHTER DAYS

  Caring For You and Your Body After Treatment

  Managing Your Feelings

  Healthy Lifestyle Changes

  Your Appearance

  Treat Yourself

  11   SOUL SISTERS

  Personal Stories & Words of Wisdom from Fellow   Cancer Warriors

 

  12   CLOSING THOUGHTS

 

  APPENDIX A: Cancer Self-Care Essentials            

  APPENDIX B: Healing Resources

  REFERENCES

  JOURNAL PAGES

I laughed more in the hospital than I ever have in my life, making fun of all the weird things that were happening to me. My friends would walk in with this sad look, and I would throw something at them and say, 'Come on! This isn't the end of the world!

Having cancer empowered me to take more risks. I knew beating cancer was going to shape me, but it wasn’t going to be all of me.

Awareness is empowering.

Keep your sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself!

I plan on encouraging so many women who are out there, who are still in the thick of it, who have yet to fight this fight, that you can do it, you can get through this one step at a time.

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