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Free resources for cancer survivors and their families, including retreats, cleaning, transportation, and camps for kids. The guide is compiled by cancer survivor and speaker Tami Boehmer, author of From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds.
  FREE Stuff for Cancer Survivors Wellness  Retreats  Camps  Cleaning  More!   By Tami Boehmer Author, Blogger and Speaker From Incurable to Incredible:Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds  Introduction   When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was amazed by the number of freethings for cancer survivors. “After all,” I thought. “If I have to go through this, the least Ican do is take advantage of the perks!”Seriously, as a survivor, there is nothing more important than taking care of the mostimportant person in your life: you. Research has proven the benefits of a holisticapproach to healing. Whether that’s getting help with housecleaning, eating cancer-fighting foods, or traveling to a mountain retreat, self-care is powerful medicine. But inthese times of economic insecurity and rising health care costs, it can be a challenge.When I had a recurrence, I started a blog and writing my book, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds , a collection of 27 stories of peoplewho beat the odds of a terminal diagnosis . Through networking with so many survivorsand organizations, I discovered a plethora of wonderful, free services and productsdesigned to promote health in body, mind, and spirit.The following pages contain a sampling of resources listed in From Incurable to Incredible and my blog. To find out more, visit me hope you enjoy your free stuff! From Incurable to Incredible is available at: ã  ã  ã  ã   Select bookstores 2  Beauty/Self-Image   American Cancer Society Look Good…Feel Better and Wig Bank 1-800-ACS-2345 (or 1-866-228-4327 for TTY) The Look Good...Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service for femalecancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup,skin care, nail care, and ways to deal with hair loss such as with wigs, turbans, and scarves. Eachwoman gets a free makeup kit to use during and after the workshop. The ACS also has a wig bank at local chapters in which people donate gently used wigs. All wigs and head coverings arecleaned and ready to use. Some are usually available at the Look Good Feel Better meetings. The Canadian Cancer Society also provides free wigs through their partnership with Pantenehair products. Canadian residents can contact them at 1-416-961-7223 , The Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me) 1-800-221-2141   www.networkofstrength.orgBCNS provides wigs, prostheses and mastectomy bras to women who cannot afford them.Contact them to find out where the closest affiliate office is located that has a Wig & ProsthesisBank and salons where you can try on items. Cancer Care   1-800-813-HOPE (4673) As part of their Women's Cancer Program, Cancer Care offers free wigs and breast prosthesis towoman undergoing treatment. They also provide financial assistance and counseling, supportgroups, and patient education. CUREchief  ® Foundation 1-866-868-CURE The CUREchief foundation offers free kerchiefs to adult and child cancer patients. The littletriangles of fabric they call CUREchiefs are for survivors and caregivers alike. They can be wornon their head like a kerchief or around the neck as a cool scarf. Every CUREchief® is handmadeby volunteers and is sent with a “Message of Hope” card. Cleaning Cleaning for a Reason Cleaning for a Reason partners with local maid services around the country to provide freecleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment. Qualified participants receive up tofour general cleanings (one per month for four months.) 3  Health, Nutrition and Support   American Institute for Cancer Research AICR helps people make choices that reduce their chances of developing cancer, including dietand exercise. Subscribe and receive their yummy cancer-fighting Health-e-recipes, sent to yourinbox. The Annie Appleseed Project The Annie Appleseed Project explores evidence-based, integrative treatments and methodsthrough its Web site and conferences . Association of Cancer Online Resources A collection of online communities designed to provide timely and accurate cancer information. Cancer Support Community: The Wellness Community/Gilda’s Club  1-888-793-WELL Cancer Support Community provides professional programs of emotional support, education andhope for people affected by cancer at no charge, so that no one faces cancer alone. Locationsthroughout the U.S. provide programs, such as support groups, yoga, visualization and nutritionclasses. Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) For Cancer Support: 866-673-7205www.livestrong.orgThrough its SurvivorCare program, LAF provides one-on-one services such as a free clinical trialmatching service, help with financial, insurance and job concerns, and more. Their freeLIVESTRONG guidebook provides information to help patients and families navigate the healthcare system. The Ulman Fund for Young Adults Toll-free 888-393-FUND (3863)   www.ulmancancerfund.orgFounded by Doug Ulman, now CEO and President of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, TheUlman Fund enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults affected bycancer and their loved ones. The organization matches members with a patient navigator whoassists them with finding treatments, improving communication between medical teams andmore. 4
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