We have found that many of the best recovery products and solutions have been created and produced by people who experienced cancer first-hand. Struggling to find the products they needed or wanted; they went on to create their own. We call these products, “Survivor Inspired.” This guest blog by Maria Lucas, The Co-Founder of Radiant Wrap is the first in our “Survivor Inspired” series which celebrates the ingenuity of these inventors and their desire to help others recover in comfort, dignity and style.
One of the undisputed darlings of the fashion industry is a cancer survivor herself, Diane Von Furstenberg. Von Furstenberg’s mantra is, “Be the woman you want to be.” That’s not always easy when it comes to coping with treatment side effects like weight gain or loss. But personal style like fashion is constantly being re-interpreted. This season, we recommend taking a page from Diane Von Furstenberg’s stylebook.
Ostomies and Glam are two words most people don’t usually associate together. Let’s be honest, the same is true of cancer and glam. But before I get into my usual passionate rant about why women (actually all people) deserve to recover with confidence and style, I want to provide you with information about two companies whose products help women with ostomies—be glammed.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” and this is certainly true in the world of cancer and recovery. Survivors are turning their own treatment challenges into companies designed to make the experience better for others. Libre is a company that makes life easier for patients undergoing transfusions. Their motto, ” Freedom to be warm and comfortable during treatment.”
We asked them to tell us more about their clothes in this guest blog.
Valentine’s Day conjures up images of a romantic night filled with dinner for two, drinks, and special gifts. When I was recovering from chemotherapy my idea of a romantic night was putting on my favorite pajamas and sleep cap, snuggling in bed with my husband Brian and if I was feeling particularly loving, letting him have the remote and some of my chocolate pudding. (Loved that pudding!)
Thankfully Brian didn’t always let my chemo fatigue or other cancer related side effects get in Cupid’s way. On holidays, special occasions, or just out of the blue, he would kick things up a notch. He would turn a mundane evening into a romantic night complete with (you guessed it) dinner for two, drinks and special gifts.
It’s an unhappy fact; “chemo brain” is real and it’s a pain. If you’re used to multi-tasking at work and home, and you’re the go-to person for upcoming events, activities and information, that may have to change. Chemotherapy is likely to impact your ability to recall everyday information and concentrate on specific tasks.
It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and how to tell that special woman in your life just how remarkable she is. How about making her breakfast in bed or a gourmet dinner just for two, accompanied by a dozen red roses. But we’re not talking about just any roses.
The New Year -- Time for Rejuvenation! If you’re going through treatment and one of your New Year’s resolutions is to exercise when you feel up to it, here are some great suggestions from the doctors at WebMD. Not only can exercise chase away the winter blues and reduce fatigue, there is also evidence to suggest that exercise can help reduce the incidence of cancer recurrence. It can also help with weight control, another major factor in fending off a recurrence, according to the American Cancer Society.
If you didn’t get the cozy pair of pajamas you were hoping for during the holidays, treat yourself with comfy snuggle fleece PJs, sure to keep you warm on those cold winter nights – or even as you rest during the day after your treatments.