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Free Stuff and Comments

Posted 4/10/2013

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  First, a comment about the "Comments" section of this blog. I have heard from several women that they tried to leave comments and the system would not accept them. Many thanks for trying! It is a rather surreal experience to write this every day, send it out to the universe, and have no idea whether anyone is reading it. I spoke this morning with our IT people, and they are aware of the problem. It's not you and it's not me; it is bigger than all of us. They have hired a consultant (seemingly the cure for all ills), and, hopefully, it will soon be functional. When that happy moment comes, I will let you know. In the meantime, if you have comments or questions, please feel free to email me: hhill@bidmc.harvard.edu, and I will respond.

  The topic of the day is "Free Stuff for Cancer Patients." The free stuff that I have long known about is things like being bald! Losing your eyebrows! Feeling sick and tired! Apparently, there are actually some good free things that might come our way.

  If you Google (and this was suggested to me by a smart woman who recently completed breast cancer treatment) "Free Stuff for Cancer Patients", you actually get a number of suggested links. One of the better ones seems to be the Good Wishes Program: http://www.goodwishesscarves.org/ Not only will they send you a very nice head scarf or wrap, but it is accompanied by a personal card, full of hand-signed good wishes from various members of their staff. The total package is just lovely.

  From Chachingqueen.com (http://www.chachingqueen.com/2011/02/discounts-and-free-stuff-for-cancer-patients/):

1UponCancer put together a list of Freebies and Discounts for Cancer Patients.  The list includes a variety of free and discounted goods and services such as basic needs, prothesis, classes, gas, housecleaning, pampering, retreats, and more. For example, Air Care Alliance ACA flies patients to treatments at no charge. Breast Cancer Charities gives qualifying breast cancer patients up to $500 towards rent or utilities. Crickett’s Answer For Cancer gives breast cancer patients free Mastectomy massage, other massage therapies, facial, manicure, basket of pampering products.

Fill a Heart offers a free, heart-shaped pillow which comes in very handy after a mastectomy. Not only does it help you get comfortable on the couch or in bed, but is really useful to put under the seat belt as it crosses your chest.

Casting for Recovery is a fabulous organization which offers weekend retreats for breast cancer people and teaches them fly fishing. Its a great bonding weekend where you have a blast, learn a new skill, and are spoiled by the volunteers who put it together. The casting motion is also a good stretch any breast surgery.They offer retreats around the country.  www.castingforrecovery.org.

Stowe Weekend of Hope - is held the first weekend of May in Stowe, VT. It is a great weekend for people with any type of cancer and is free to first time attendees. You get put up in a local hotel and attend a three day weekend of events. As it started as a breast cancer event, Friday is dedicated to breast cancer sessions. www.stowehope.org. I have participated in this weekend several times, and it is lovely.

Check this out for more ideas: http://www.butdoctorihatepink.com/2010/02/free-stuff.html

And please email me if you know of other things; I will share the suggstions. Many thanks.

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