Hello Courage, my new online store

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I am proud to introduce “Hello Courage™” my new online store for everyone especially breast cancer patients and survivors!   My goal is to continue to bring realistic awareness about the challenges of breast cancer as I have done with my Blog.  You can log into my store through my blog, at www.hellocourage.com  or click the logo in this post!  It is a secure shop run by Shopify, so no worries and it accepts all major credit cards and PayPal.   Opening special – FREE SHIPPING on all orders to USA and for Blog Readers only:  20% off all purchases – use Discount Code:   BLOG   at checkout.    Currently, I ship internationally to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and United Kingdom.

My shop is dedicated to all of you – all of my Blog Readers have given me so much courage and hope!

Designing my own store was a logical transition especially because I spent hours upon hours of research to find items for myself during Mastectomy, Chemo, Radiation and  ongoing Lymphedema.  For years I’ve been an ebay and Amazon seller with 100% positive feedback, so I have had a lot of practice!

The logo came to me in a flash one day as I realized a pink ribbon was only the beginning.  The rest of the journey was about COURAGE.  I have items that have my logo on them – T Shirts, Tote Bags and Note Cards to bring awareness and courage to everyone.   I will be expanding my greeting card line because so often friends and family have no idea what to say to cancer patients.  I now know what cancer patients need to hear!  Also, I have jewelry that everyone will love, cute and different Chemo Caps, Inspirational Items, and some practical items for undergoing breast surgery.

And all kinds of Chemo Caps – here are a few:

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I sure hope you like www.hellocourage.com    A portion of all sales go toward donating chemo caps to women who have no means to purchase them.

And a health update – I just had another 3 month checkup by not one but three Oncologists!  This is the benefit of being a patient in a University setting!   All of them said, “You are doing well.”  Praise God!

Love, courage and hope to all,     Denise

Everything you wanted to know about Hair after Chemotherapy

Please check out my adorable and stylish chemo hats at my new online store: www.hellocourage.com   I search high and low for the best, cutest and most affordable chemo caps so you don’t have to do so!

CH-h4flappergraysweatshirt1 I’ve been bald almost six months.  Losing your hair is one of the most CollageOctober2014HUGESalepriceasmarked

devastating things about Cancer.  The worst part for me was cutting the hair really short getting ready for the fall out.  The next worst time is the pain involved with the actual falling out of the hair.  Your scalp hurts and is very painful for several weeks and is a constant reminder of what is happening.  It helps to have a satin pillowcase so the hair doesn’t rip out of your head while you sleep.  Ouch!  The actual shaving of the head wasn’t bad, more of a relief to get it over with after thinking about it so long!   Wearing wigs and scarves takes alot of getting used to, and all of it is extremely traumatic.  That is why I started wearing and later selling Chemo Caps – they look great, feel comfortable, and you get a lot of compliments.  People think you are wearing cute hats an don’t know you are bald.  Plus, my wig was SO HOT!

Hair falls out everywhere on your body, except for leg hair on some people.  Mine never left.  I had to shave the entire time during Chemotherapy.  Is that an unfair deal or what?

Those invisible nose hairs were the hairs I would miss the most.  Who knew?  As a result of lost nose hair, I had major sinus and allergy problems.  As the nose hairs return, I got better! I grew up as a blonde, then my hair turned dishwater blonde in junior high.  I started coloring it then and never stopped.  It has always been blonde.  However, when I got my hair cut really short before the big fall out, it was back to dishwater with a little gray thrown in.  The first chemo drugs turned it JET BLACK.  That was a strange sight for me!  So it left my head black and has always been poker straight.

Before my hair started growing back, I began massaging my head with olive oil.  I read somewhere that helps the hair return.  I’ve had one greasy head, and I’m constantly smelling like an Italian Restaurant!  But good news to report!  It worked!   Five weeks after Chemotherapy has ended, someone else’s hair is returning on my head.  It is now about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long,  It is Toddler Towhead with some wave and curl.  Whose hair is this?

Here are my updates: 1)   Two and a half months after Taxol ended, I had white fuzz on my head.  I had it dyed blonde.  My niece, the hair stylist, had to use more toner so it wouldn’t turn red, but it stayed.  The top part of my head was just tennis ball fuzz, but I felt better!

2)   I am now 4 months past my last Chemo treatment.  My hair is 1 3/4 inches long in the back, about 1.5 inches on the sides, and about 1 inch on top.   I have had it colored twice already!!  Had no problems with that at all.  It is a little wavy, but not curly like some people.  I wear my wig about 25% of the time and go without 75% of the time.  On the days I go without, the bigger the earrings.  My hair feels like baby hair, very soft and new!  Virgin hair without any damage!  It feels great!  Another new beginning!

3) Now 9 months post Chemo – I have had 4 haircuts. My roots changed from white to much darker mixed with a little gray.  My hair is 3 to 4 inches long and looks like a cute short haircut. My new hair is much better than my old hair! It has body, is soft and just a little wild. Hair paste is your friend while growing out your hair I have discovered!   You need lots of it! 4) 18 months post chemo —  my hair is back to my old hairstyle – chin length blunt cut.  But I had at least 7 haircuts getting there!   I am happy to report this new hair is better than my old hair – thicker, more body, blow dry and go.  My old hair was never like that, so I am grateful.  Never do I ever complain of a bad hair day.  It is not even in my thought process.  Every day with hair is a good day!