Breast cancer survivors share their top 25 things they wish people would have told them...

1.

We cry, we all have cried, but we laugh too!

2.

With new treatments, you are not sick all the time!  You can work and carry on a normal life—you just have to
rest more. 

3.

Listen to your body.  When you’re tired, stop and rest.  When you are feeling okay, follow your usual routine.  It will make the time pass faster and make you healthier both physically and mentally.

4.

Eat several small meals a day. It keeps your strength up and manages nausea, if you have any. 

5.

Keep a journal of daily visits, meals brought by, gifts, cards, etc. Also write down how you are feeling. It becomes your story, and it is good to look back on your journey.

 

 

6.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  People are willing to offer, but often don’t know how to approach you. 

7. 

When people offer to help, believe them.  They get as much from helping you as you do.  It fills two buckets at the same time!

8. 

So many “angels” come into your life—and they come in many ways.

9. 

Have someone accompany you to all your appointments. It is hard to hear/understand
/think about everything the doctor is saying when you have so many things going through your mind.Four ears are always better than two

10. 

be proactive and ask questions about your treatment and your doctors

 

11. 

Keep a list of questions as you think of them between treatments so you can ask the doctor at your next appointment.

12. 

If you are sick or hurting, don't suffer in silence...tell your doctors.

13. 

It's okay—and kind of nice—to not wear a wig if you’re not comfortable with it.  You look glamorous with your hats and scarves, and cute with your bald head!

14. 

You will learn that the hair on your head is there for more than looks – it helps your body retain heat.  You will probably want to wear a turban to keep your head warm at night and on colder days.
 

15. 

If you are having chemo and expect to lose your hair, cut it short. It is fun to have a new hair style, and it makes it easier when you start losing hair.

 

16. 

Healing is a long process and unique to each person. Don't compare yourself to others.

17. 

Practice gratitude during your recovery. Every day will not be filled with sunshine. Cancer doesn't define who you are!

18. 

Buying the wig early helps match color/style to real hair. or If you want to, get a wig that is very different than your hair.  It’s your opportunity to try new things!

19. 

A support system makes things easier. join a support group - you'll form new friendships.

20. 

Get your wig trimmed by your hairstylist or someone with experience with wigs.

 

21. 

Chemo brain is real!

22. 

Not having hair during the treatments allows more time to relax and take care of yourself. Think how much time you save without having to fix your hair!

23. 

If you are having reconstruction and nipple/areola tattooing, take a picture of your breasts before surgery.  That will help you see colors better when you do the tattooing.

24. 

Contact Pink Alliance—we are here to help.

25. 

Talk about your diagnosis. You may save another life.

 
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EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY
TO SURVIVING BREAST CANCER

One out of every 8 women [~12%] will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.  In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

With early detection, the 5-year survival rate for women with early stage breast cancer is close to 100%.   

Take a minute to schedule your mammogram today.

 

Baylor Scott & White Health

700 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
979.207.3049

 

CHI St. Joseph Health Breast Cancer Care Center

CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
2700 East 29th Street, Suite 125
Bryan, TX
979.776.3777

 

CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Emergency Center

4411 Hwy 6
College Station, TX
979.314.5906

CHI St. Joseph Health Diagnostic Imaging

2722 Osler Blvd.
Bryan, TX
979.776.5999

 

College Station Medical Center Breast Center

1604 Rock Prairie
College Station, TX
979.764.5100

 

 

The Physicians Centre

Radiology Department
3131 University Drive East
Bryan, TX
979.731.3100

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FINANCIAL NEED/
LOW-COST MAMMOGRAMS

Call your local hospital. Ask to speak to a social worker, patient navigator, or nurse navigator.  
This person will be the one who knows about the availability of free or low-cost cancer screenings in your area.

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INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

FREE PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE THROUGH PINK ALLIAN

 
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Free breast cancer support guide book - The Silver Lining Companion Guide: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer is available free to all breast cancer patients, thanks to the generosity of Allstate. The Silver Lining Companion Guide [available in English and Spanish] provides practical and supportive resource to help everyone impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis.   Author Hollye Jacobs, a nurse and breast cancer survivor, offers practical, realistic and hopeful advice that helped her from the time of her diagnosis throughout treatments and into recovery. Hollye Jacob was the guest speaker at the October 2014 Surviving & Thriving Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.

To obtain a book, e-mail patriciagerling@gmail.com

 

 

Had I Known –A Memoir of Survival by Joan Lunden.  

In this brave and deeply personal memoir, one of America’s most beloved journalists, mother, and New York Times bestselling author speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it’s had on her life.   Joan Lunden was the guest speaker at the October 2015 Surviving & Thriving Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.

To obtain a free copy of this book, e-mail patriciagerling@gmail.com

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Shopping Resources

LOCAL/REGIONAL BUSINESSES

The following businesses and organizations were provided by former breast cancer patients and cancer survivors as possible resources for purchasing wigs, intimate apparel following a lumpectomy or mastectomy, lymphedema supplies and other cancer-related resources.


PROSTHESES/BRAS/INTIMATE APPAREL 

P&H Services

4103 Texas Ave #101
Bryan, TX
979.704.6150

 

 

Appearances (located in the Mays Building at M.D. Anderson)

1220 Holcombe Blvd (at Bertner)
(Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near Elevator T, ACB2.1502)
Houston, TX
713.563.8200

 

 

Petticoat Fair

7739 Northcross Drive, Suite M
Austin, TX
512.454.2900

 

 

Second Silhouette - Medical Center

2331 University Blvd.
Houston, TX
713.529.3733


LYMPHEDEMA SUPPLIES  
(COMPRESSION SOCKS, SLEEVES, AND GARMENTS)

Medi care Equipment Specialists, Inc.

2308 East Villa Maria
Bryan, TX
979.776.3776

 

P&H Services

4103 Texas Ave #101
Bryan, TX
979.704.6150

 

Second Silhouette - Medical Center

2331 University Blvd.
Houston, TX
713.529.3733


WIGS

Cancer clinic

2215 E Villa Maria Rd # 110,
Bryan, TX
979.776.2000

 

Morgan Fitzgerald’s

3800 South Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX  77802
979.268.0608

 

TLC Cancer Care Catalog

(through the American Cancer Society)
tlcdirect.org  


TURBANS, SCARVES AND HATS

TLC Cancer Care Catalog

(through the American Cancer Society)
tlcdirect.org  

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