Story ideas, thought starters, and sample questions to ask.
STORY IDEAS FOR CANCER BE GLAMMED
1. Why is there a need for Cancer Be Glammed? What makes it unique?
It's hard enough to be sick - but most women don't want to look sick, too. Cancer treatment often makes a very private illness public. Maintaining your self-esteem and style is challenging, particularly when you are bald, bloated from steroids, and recovering from body altering surgery. We know having been through our own illnesses and recovery.
We formed Cancer Be Glammed and our website, CancerBeGlammed.com to provide women with easy online access to the products and information that we wish we had during our own illnesses. Our site features products that we have hand picked for not only their functionality but also their style. Our unique style guide, "What The Doctor Didn't Order" provides style advice to battle the side effects of treatment head-on and our "Recover In Style" Shopping Checklist can help women prepare ahead of time.
Equally unique, our blog is designed to create a community of women exchanging their own tips and advice on products that got them through their own journey. We'll add appropriate new products based on their recommendations.
And Give A Glam! is our charitable giveback program. Five percent of our profits will be donated to cancer organizations that provide emotional and non-medical support to women touched by cancer and their families.
2. Why is "What the Doctor Didn't Order" nearly as important as what he did order?
As our "Insider's Guide" says, preserving what is undeniably "you" following a cancer diagnosis can be extremely challenging. It's important for a woman not to let maintaining her sense of self or style fall to the bottom of the "to do" list, because how a woman feels about herself on the outside can have a big impact on how she feels on the inside. While it's somewhat of an intangible, studies have shown that the right attitude goes a long way toward helping women (or anyone battling a serious illness) recover. Feeling more in control, using products and wearing clothing that she enjoys, and creating a signature look, gives a woman the chance to boost her self-esteem and reclaim some sense of who she was before she became ill.
3. Tips for dressing for comfort AND style during cancer treatment and recovery
Dressing well is all about enhancing your best features and distracting away from, or minimizing the ones you don't want to call attention to. This is especially important for woman experiencing weight gain that comes from steroids or weight loss, hair loss, flaky, dry skin and the other not-so-pretty side effects of cancer treatments. Our style guide, "What The Doctor Didn't Order," complete with our "Recover In Style" shopping list provides women with advice and tips designed to keep their self-esteem intact.
4. Five great must-haves for cancer treatment and recovery
No matter what kind of surgery or treatment a woman has had, here are five great products she'll need or want to help her recover in comfort and style.
5. Special products for breast cancer recovery
Mastectomy doesn't have to mean Matronly! From mastectomy camisoles that hide post surgery drains to beautiful mastectomy bras and swimsuits, there's no need to look or feel like you raided your grandmother's closet.
6. Post-operative niceties
Following surgery, it's time to focus on much needed and deserved R and R - rest and recovery. We have unique products and ideas to help women do just that!
7. Great gifts to give the woman in treatment or recovery
Most people have faced this dilemma - what to give a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer. We take the guesswork out of sending great gifts, that every woman will appreciate, (and put to good use.)
8. Skin care advice for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
Radiation and chemotherapy can really take their toll on skin. Ours looked like it needed a "good pressing." We feature organic and natural products and skin care techniques to care for your skin with the TLC (tender loving care) it deserves.
9. What to know about sun protection during chemotherapy or radiation
Sun protection isn't just for summer. Harmful rays from the sun can do damage even in winter. During chemotherapy and radiation, women need to take extra precautions. Today, there are great products with built in sun protection and more. Share our sun protection secrets and must-have products.
Questions About Cancer Be Glammed
1. How did you come up with the name and who came up with it - Cancer Be Glammed?
2. What exactly is Cancer Be Glammed?
3. What is your personal experience with cancer or illness and what about your recovery led to the founding of Cancer Be Glammed?
4. What makes CancerBeGlammed.com different from so many other sites selling products to women going through treatment and recovery?
5. It sounds like your recovery process was frustrating. Did anyone prepare you for what to expect?
6. What happened when you tried to find clothing and other items that would help in your recovery?
7. How did you identify the products that you needed during your chemotherapy and recovery from cancer?
8. How have you identified products that other women would need and want?
9. You say that Cancer Be Glammed is more than an online shopping service. What is it that you hope to achieve or provide through the site?
10. There are lots of products on the market and online for women going through chemo and recovery. Tell me about the kind of products featured on Cancer Be Glammed. What makes them different?
11. Why is style so important to a woman going through recovery?
12. You say that looking good during recovery isn't about vanity - can you explain that? Aren't there more important things to focus on than looks?
13. Tell me about the resources you've created - the "What the Doctor Didn't Order" Style Guide and the "Recover in Style" Checklist.
14. You host a blog on Cancer Be Glammed - what is the goal of the blog?
15. What is the "Give a Glam!" program about?
16. How will organizations be chosen to benefit from Give a Glam!?
17. What are your long-term plans for Cancer Be Glammed?