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INTRODUCTION

The beginning

 

1 PLAN FOR WHAT YOU CAN

Preparing yourself before treatment begins

 

2 HEADS UP

Preparing yourself for 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

 

SKIN CARE

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 (that affect our self-esteem)

 

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 POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS

Gas and Bloating

Nausea

Hot Flashes

Inflammation/Swelling

Cognitive Impairment (Chemo Brain)

 

7 SURGERY SMARTS

Preparing yourself 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 NECK WEAR

Jewelry

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

Yes to Sex

 

10 BRIGHTER DAYS

 

11 SOUL SISTERS

Personal stories & words of wisdom from fellow cancer warriors

 

12 CLOSING THOUGHTS

 

APPENDIX A: Cancer Self-Care Essentials Checklist

APPENDIX B: Product Resources

ADDITIONAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

REFERENCES

INDEX

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.