My IT department thought it would be a good idea to start a page containing many of the products/services/information that we have utilized during this journey.  Please feel free to make other suggestions and pass on to others that may need this information.  This list will continue to grow as we discover more. – 4women features the beau beau head scarves which are pre-tied.  They are designed specifically for hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other medical conditions.

American Cancer Society – The resource for any and all cancer information.  Only the Federal Government spends more on Research and Development.

Breast Care Specialist – BCS is the practice we were referred to when the initial lump was found in my breast.  Their practice takes care of the initial diagnosis and was ultimately responsible for performing the mastectomy procedures.  Specifically Dr. Amerson was our physician and we can not complement her enough for the care she has given us.

Cleaning For a Reason – This is a resource we haven’t used yet but is a cool service that a friend passed along to us. Cleaning for a Reason provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while going through chemotherapy.

Georgia Cancer Specialist – We were referred to Georgia Cancer Specialist for our Oncology needs such as the recommended treatment program.  Dr. Kristina Bowen of GCS was our Oncologist and we were extremely happy to have her on our side.

Instead of Flowers –  This is a great meal delivery service.  This service provides the ability for someone to buy a meal package and the recipient gets to choose the type of meal and have it delivered to their home the next day.  This service can be used in conjunction with the meal train service listed below.

Look Good…Feel Better – Is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.  Their programs are open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment.

Meal Train – A great site that allows you to manage and coordinate the giving and receiving of meals.  As much as the IT department initially resisted, he has come to really appreciate this service and the awesome friends signing up to provide meals.

Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo – A wonderful book by Eileen Sutherland and illustrated by her daughter Maggie Sutherland.  We used this book to help explain what mommy is going through to our four year old daughter.  I cannot say enough great things about how this book conveys the issue of breast cancer in terms that a young one can comprehend.

Nowhere Hair – Another great book that a friend sent us that helps to explain cancer and the effects of chemotherapy to your kids. – Soft Hats by Just In Time are for cancer patients.  The line includes different styles and colors, all designed as headwear for cancer patients with hair loss due to chemotherapy.

The Beauty of Knowledge – After several consultations with different practices, The Beauty of Knowledge is the reconstitution/plastic surgeon group we chose.  Dr. Gregory Mackay was our surgeon and he was nothing short of phenomenal.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) – YSC is a global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.