A Guide To Hair Replacement Options For Women Going Through Cancer Treatments

By Flora Shepelsky

Men lose their hair and its considered business as usual, a part of life. But when women lose their hair, they’re embarrassed and often also lose their self-confidence and sense of femininity. A quality wig and compassionate service can go a low way towards alleviating the fear and stress cancer patients face on the road ahead. A hairpiece is a large and often unforeseen expense that can cause a great deal of anxiety. While it’s important to be well-informed in order to avoid spending too much or purchasing the wrong type of wig, this often (and justifiably) takes a back seat to researching and formulating a recovery plan from an illness. Therefore, it is helpful to have a concise guide to make shopping for a hairpiece a smoother experience, allowing the patient to focus her energy on getting well.

Your First Step:

Talk to Your Doctor
Not all treatments cause hair loss. Talking to your doctor and forming a treatment plan is your first step. If your doctor feels that hair loss is probable, get a prescription for a cranial prosthesis. Some insurance companies cover at least a portion, if not the total cost, of a hairpiece. Talk to your insurance company to get a clear idea of what you might encounter.

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Latest Issue of St. Clair’s HouseCall Now Online

Check out the recent edition of St. Clair Hospital’s quarterly publication. Click here to read the latest issue of HouseCall.

You Have Come A Long Way, Babysitter!

Susan Kelley, 41, made a good amount of money while babysitting as a teen for several families in her area. But her daughter—Elizabeth, 14—hasn’t had as easy of a time finding sitter jobs, because she has professional competition. Read more at the Tribune-Review.

The Nonsurgical Option to Lift Skin

Ultherapy, a new cosmetic procedure, is all the rage these days. The beauty of ultherapy is that it can improve skin laxity in a meaningful way but is completely non–surgicallyOne treatment triggers the body’s own regenerative process of building new collagen to lift and tighten the skin. Learn more about this new procedure in this article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.



How Yoga Helped Me Navigate Choppy Waters

By Melanie Camp

I was 56 years old and I found that I fit the statistic of the average age of widowhood. I felt too young to be a widow and as my practice improved I knew that the door to a happy life could swing open. Yoga helped me see that the possibility of a healthy and full life was ahead of me and that there were no limits to my flexibility. Because each posture addresses so much of the “inner mind”, my adjustment to this new chapter was enhanced by a positive focus and a consistent practice. After a few months of reflection, I decided to participate in my yoga teacher’s first Yoga Teacher Training along with sixty other yogis from around the world.

I enrolled for five weeks of intense training, six days a week from 7am until 9pm or later. I did it…I completed my training and while I was not convinced that I would be teaching, I wanted to share my knowledge. With a body that was more toned than ever, I began sharing the message wherever I traveled. “Yoga can change your life!” became my theme song. With meditation and concentration, I sent a message out to the universe that I wanted more than ever to “participate” in this new life; explore my new freedom and challenge my fears.

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