Tina Martel—Living Flat

I have gone through two cancer diagnoses, several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and more tests than I can count. This culminated in my double mastectomy with no reconstruction in December of 2019. I am one of an increasing number of women who have beat cancer or are currently fighting or somewhere in between. We are trying... Read More »

Cancer Survivorship: Why Clean Beauty Matters

I am not a cancer survivor. I am the mother of one. I understand the terror and trauma of a cancer diagnosis. Twenty-one years ago, my precious child Alyssa (age 8) was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Although it was more than 2 decades ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. On August... Read More »

Cancer Recovery “Life & Style” Survey

This summer Cancer Be Glammed and Wrapped in Love created a survey to get at the heart of the recovery experience for women. Women coping with all forms of cancer. While many surveys exist about the medical and healthcare challenges of cancer, very few have focussed on identifying the lifestyle and appearance-related needs of women struggling with body-image and self-esteem issues from surgery and treatment. These include disfigurement, hair loss, limited mobility, weight changes, skin and nail problems and intimacy issues. The purpose of the Cancer Recovery “Life & Style” Survey is three-fold. One--to better understand and serve the women in our cancer communities; two--to provide valuable, lifestyle recovery information to oncology doctors, nurses, navigators and social workers who provide [...]

Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Top 5 Items to Wear

1. Sunscreen and a sun hat with SUV protection. Here are some of Oprah’s stylish sun protection suggestions. Oprah Magazine: Best Sun Hats 2. Scarves! There are various ways to tie them loosely to protect a tracheotomy and adjacent neck skin as it heals, as well as to cover scars until you are comfortable wearing... Read More »

Warning Signs of Head and Neck Cancer

1) Painless white patch or red patch in the mouth. Swelling or a sore that does not heal; this is the most common symptom. 2) Sore throat, Hoarseness or change in voice 3) Painless lump, bump or mass in the mouth or neck with or without pain. 4) Frequent nosebleed, particularly on one side of the nose and/ or persistent nasal congestion. 5) Hearing loss or ear pain, particularly in one ear. 6) Blood in saliva or phlegm. 7) Weight loss or fatigue. 8) Difficulty breathing and / or Double vision. 9) Pain or difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaw or tongue. 10) Jaw pain, loosening of teeth and / or if Dentures that no longer fit Information about Head and Neck Cancer Fewer than 200,000 US cases [...]

Head and Neck Cancer: Items for Hospital and Home

1. Hygiene Essentials: PJs, light robe and slippers with rubber soles to prevent slipping. If you’re a light sleeper eye mask and earplugs. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, skincare products, and hair care products if you prefer your own. Any medications you might be taking. My suggestions are to put all of these products in zip... Read More »