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Reduce Cancer Side Effects With These Popular Products – Lots To Live For, Inc.

Lots To Live For, Inc. Delivers Comfort During Cancer. We carefully select products for cancer patients that help to reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and offer them for sale on our website: www.LotsToLiveFor.com

With the start of the new year, we thought it would be helpful to review some of the most interesting products that we added to our selection in 2016, and also to recognize those tried and true products which our customers love.

Here are the most popular new products to battle cancer side effects which were added to our website selection during 2016:
PiperWai All Natural Deodorant
https://www.lotstolivefor.com/piperwai-natural-deodorant/
GingerPro capsules to reduce nausea https://www.lotstolivefor.com/ginger-pro/
Manuka Healing Cream https://www.lotstolivefor.com/manuka-healing-cream/
Chemotherapy Goody Bag
(great cancer gift) https://www.lotstolivefor.com/chemotherapy-goody-bag/

We also give a shout out to our all time favorites which customers rave about and continue to reorder and recommend to other patients:
RADX Radiation Therapy (best seller)
https://www.lotstolivefor.com/radx-radiation-therapy/
CoolMagic Gel Sheets (best seller) https://www.lotstolivefor.com/coolmagic-hydrogel-dressing-box-of-10/
My Girls Cream: https://www.lotstolivefor.com/my-girls-cream/
Comfort Slings: https://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/Comfort-Slings.html

Lots To Live For, Inc. Products

 

We thank you for allowing us to deliver comfort to cancer patients since our launch in 2002. Here is a link to a recent article in the Daily Voice that talks about the inspiration behind the launch of our business and some of our most popular products (click on the link below):
Upper Saddle River Woman Sells Products That Comfort Cancer Patients

 

Descriptions and links for all of the products follow.

PiperWai Deodorant

  • PiperWai is a charcoal creme deodorant that works completely naturally.
  • PiperWai has no artificial ingredients and most importantly contains NO aluminum and NO parabens.
  • PiperWai DOES contain natural ingredients that you don’t mind putting on your body!
  • PiperWai is the first creme deodorant to contain super-absorbant activated charcoal.
  • PiperWai rubs in clear and won’t discolor your clothes.

GingerPro 

GingerProGingerPro (manufactured by Thorne Research) promotes healthy peristalsis.* Studies also indicate that ginger can provide benefit for pregnancy-induced nausea, motion sickness, post-surgical nausea and vomiting, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), and gastroprotection from potentially irritating agents.* Studies also indicate ginger can provide benefit for menstrual discomfort and post-exercise muscle soreness.*

Manuka Healing Cream

Manuka Healing Cream (manufactured by EcoNatura) is blended with soothing and nourishing certified organic botanicals such as aloe gel, carrot and pumpkin to help protect and soothe skin by providing both vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and anti-bacterial properties. It makes a wonderful addition to any skin care regiment as well as first choice to help restore skin to it’s natural health.

Chemotherapy Goody Bag

This is a Great Gift for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. All of these items will enhance comfort during chemo. Chemo Goody Bag

  •  PiperWai Natural Deodorant – 2 oz. jar – stay dry and odor free naturally with an all natural deodorant with no parabens and no aluminum
  •  My Girls Cream – 1.7 oz. tube – calming hydration for skincare
  •  Bombas Socks – cozy, warm and comfortable. A treat for your feet!
  •  Queasy Drops – 21 lozenges, assorted flavors – the natural way to ease a queasy stomach. They  are effective due to their special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method.
The products below are customer favorites, and are ordered many times by the same customer, recommended by oncology professionals, and also recommended by patients to other patients (which is the best form of endorsement!).

RADX Radiation Therapy

RĀDX Radiation Therapy is made with a freshly ground, organic aloe base and lidocaine and several other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. RĀDX Radiation Therapy numbs pain, helps heal burning, irritation, redness and general skin breakdown, replenishes moisture and contributes to the skin’s regeneration process. RĀDX is metal-free and contains no ingredients that interfere with radiation treatments. Customers find this product extremely helpful and reorder throughout the course of their treatments.

Gel Sheets for Radiation Burn Care – Cool Magic Gel Sheets

Hydrogel sheets are a handy and noninvasive product that can be used for radiation burn care. They help to soothe and calm radiation burns. Some of our customers tell us they provide incredible relief from pain and itching and that allows them to continue with daily chores and especially to sleep at night! The great thing about gel sheets is that they can be left on for long periods of time (for some people, up to 3 days) and they provide continuous relief. You can also put the gel sheets over radiation creams such as the RADX radiation therapy cream or My Girls Cream. Cool Magic gel sheets receive rave customer reviews on cancer blogs.

CoolMagic comes in boxes of 10 sheets each.
Sizes are either: 3.75 inch square sheets or 6 x 8 inch sheets

My Girls Cream

My Girls Cream has a creamy texture that spreads easily over delicate skin and helps maintain the healthy appearance of the skin without staining clothes.

The new tube format preserves cream and dispenses just the right amount every time!  my girls 5 oz tube

Plant-based, calendula and rosemary skin care cream made with natural oils including coconut, olive, jojoba and avocado oil plus Vitamin E and Vitamin B5 (known for its benefits of plumping mature skin). It is free of parabens, fragrance or dyes for people who need to maintain the natural moisture balance of healthy skin after over-exposure to the elements or medical treatments such as radiation therapy.

ComfortSlings (R) and Pads for Radiation Therapy

ComfortSlings and inserts are designed to bring relief to painful and uncomfortable skin under the breast. The cushions prevent chafing, wick away perspiration and help prevent bacterial growth.  The Comfort Single Sling, designed especially for women receiving radiation for breast cancer, is worn when one is not wearing a bra. The strap is completely adjustable and will fit most everyone. Women have found that wearing a ComfortSling from the onset of radiation therapy, even before any side effects have begun to appear, is the most effective way to minimize uncomfortable side effects to the skin. Wearing the sling as many hours as possible throughout the day, will provide the most comfortable results. Many women also choose to wear the sling while sleeping.

We always welcome inquiries from entrepreneurs who have developed products that will help cancer patients.

We also welcome customer feedback.

Best wishes for health and happiness in the year ahead.

 

 

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Improve Comfort Beneath the Breast During Radiation Therapy with a ComfortSling®

By Elizabeth Silver

 

My personal journey began when I was faced with radiotherapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer.  I created a cushioned sling to minimize the burning side effects on the skin beneath my breast. It was remarkably effective.  I realize that skin types vary, but other than my skin becoming slightly darkened, I had virtually no other side effects. No burns, no chafing.  The wicking fabric prevented accumulation of perspiration and the soft cushions protected my skin from the abrasion of skin to skin contact.  With the support of my doctors, I tested this device with several other women undergoing radiation, and they too reported significantly minimized and/or delayed skin reactions.

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Encouraged by this success, I determined to develop the products further to bring them to market so more women could find relief and protection while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  We found the softest fabrics to provide the most effective cushion to cradle and protect the skin; we found equally soft straps and made them fully adjustable so there would be no undue pressure on sore areas beneath the breast.  We are very proud of the results.

 

Our product was launched in the fall of 2014, and the feedback we have received has exceeded our expectations with women reporting to us that “The sling saved the day.” and   “I found instant relief where I didn’t even realize that I needed it”.

 

Exciting news!   BreastComfort is delighted to announce that we have begun 2016 with a new partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation –the highest-rated breast cancer charity in the nation.  We are proud to donate 5% of every sale to the BRCF. The BreastComfort logo will be featured on BCRF’s  website at:  www.bcrfcure.org/partners.  It is deeply gratifying to be associated with such an outstanding organization in the fight against this terrible disease.

 

You can view our products on the Lots To Live For, Inc. website by clicking here.

About the author:

Elizabeth Silver is a cancer survivor, and founder of BreastComfort, Cushioned Slings for Sensitive Skin.

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Gale’s Story of Hope, Help and the Genesis of the Renewing You ®Cancer Gift Bag

By Gale Donovan, survivor, Founder and President of Renewing ® You

My purpose and creation of the Renewing You® Skincare Gift Bag is to provide women with uplifting and useful products while undergoing radiation treatment. My oncology nurse gave me a list of skincare products to purchase to help relieve the common side effects associated with my treatment.  I found the products to work well but was disappointed with the packaging.  These items were aloe vera gel, cornstarch, mild soap, and a soft baby washcloth.  Just think about carrying around a box of cornstarch in your purse. As a former Esthetician I had access to new products and their application.   I instantly thought of a powder sifter jar to put the pure cornstarch and a soft powder puff to apply.  I realized how easy it was to apply the corn starch to a lining of a wig to help with absorbing moisture and also to use as an alternative to deodorant.

I was faced with a tube of aloe vera gel.  The dispensing of it was messy and when going in a public restroom and not having paper towels only a hand dryer available.  I saw a bottle that I could dispense the aloe from the top with three holes on top and it was packaged in no mess applicator, keeping my hands clean.  Also, I could take the aloe vera gel bottle in my purse.

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

When I looked for a low lathering soap it was difficult to find one with pure ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I customized my soap to a 7 ingredient glycerin soap, it was low lather, no fragrance, and non- irritating.  I recall using a soft baby washcloth with my twins and decided to try one to help exfoliate the sensitive areas.  It worked beautifully.

My gratitude pad is a great way for women to ask for help. My friends would always ask, “What can I do?”  As a wife, mother, and esthetician I was an independent woman doing well balancing all three. I did see the importance of having a meal made or a friend to pick up my twins from football practice.  This sticky note does that and my friends loved having a note as a gentle reminder. A gratutude pad is enclosed in the gift so all the patient has to do is fill out a helpful chore that he/she would like help with, and hand the reminder to a friend or relative.

My oncology nurse was happy to see how I was healing so quickly and she praised me for all my creative ideas.  My Renewing You® Skincare Relief Gift Bag has put so many smiles on women’s faces, each bag contains, an affirmation card, a postcard of my story, a bottle of organic aloe vera gel, a pure glycerin soap, a soft baby washcloth, pure corn starch, and a gratitude pad.  I have put my heart into searching out the purest ingredients in the most convenient packaging that can be taken anywhere on the go.

My hope for cancer patients is that Renewing You® skincare products will:

Make The Journey A Little Easier, A Day At A Time.

 

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Books for Cancer Patients: Inspiration, Meditation and Exercise

by Margot Malin

We got such positive feedback from our prior blog post, in which we highlighted books that are helpful for cancer patients who were just diagnosed, going through treatment and seeking to improve their diets that we were inspired to create an update. Click HERE to access our original post “Helpful Books for Cancer Patients – Just Diagnosed, Going Through Treatment and Nutrition and Diet Suggestions“.

In today’s blog post we suggest books for exercise during and after cancer treatment and books to help inspiration, calming and healing.  These books can empower the reader with knowledge and inspiration.

EXERCISE

Exercises for Cancer Survivors – Stretching and Strength Training, By Carol Michaels

According to Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE:  “Exercise is an important component of a cancer survivor’s recovery process. Emerging research suggests a decrease in breast cancer recurrence for those who exercise. A well-designed program can also decrease side effects and improve quality of life. Moreover, acceptance of exercise as part of a good recuperation and standard of care has been gaining momentum in the medical community.  Cancer patients should begin an exercise program designed to ameliorate the adverse effects of surgery and help them regain their pre-cancer fitness level. Exercise that focuses on functional fitness will help them be able to perform the activities of daily living and return to the activities that they enjoy.”

This book educates patients about the importance of exercise in their treatment regimen. A more complete description of her book is available in this blog post: “Exercises for Cancer  Survivors – A New Book”.  Among other things, in this book patients will learn: Which exercises should I be doing and which should I avoid? Can I exercise during chemotherapy? Can I exercise if I have lymphedema? How do I exercise safely with osteoporosis? Some cancer patients will need to exercise under supervision while others will be able to exercise independently. This book isan essential guide for those who prefer or need to exercise independently.  Click HERE for more information.

YOGA

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery by Diana Ross, ERYT 500, Breast Cancer Survivor

This is an unique restorative yoga therapy book which focuses on breast health, lymphedema management and breast cancer recovery. This book contains a wide variety of supported restorative yoga poses that use different yoga props. The breath is also introduced with each flowing pose so that the mind as well as the muscles “let go” and relax allowing for the healing to begin and then to grow. Yoga poses are done either in a relaxed, reclined, seated, twisting and standing position. Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery is a great beginning to build a practice for strength and flexibility, as well as aiding in lymphedema management. This book outlines a variety of easy to learn restorative yoga poses which can emotionally and physically improve the recovery process from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It is also invaluable in maintaining breast health, reducing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and managing lymphedema. If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed, is in treatment or in recovery, this yoga is the perfect place to start. Discover how a consistent practice of Restorative Yoga can provide inner peace and healing for your mind, body and spirit.  Click HERE for more information.

INSPIRATIONAL, SPRIRITUAL, AND INTEGRATIVE BOOKS AND CD’S

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Dr. Kelly Turner

In her New York Times bestseller, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,  Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed.

Radical Remission book

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While getting her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.  She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases.  Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds has been highly recommended by numerous integrative medicine practitioners, cancer patients, cancer coaches  on blogs and on Linkedin posts.  Click HERE for more information.

Meditation to Help You During Chemotherapy Audio CD by Health Leaders

This imagery was designed to help listeners see their chemotherapy in a positive light; to help reduce aversive side effects, such as fatigue and nausea; to help the body’s immune cells fight cancer; to encourage relaxation and a sense of hope, safety, support and peace. With affirmations. Relaxation and visualization. (Running time: 41 minutes) You can take this  CD to chemotherapy treatments. Click HERE for more information.

Breathe With Purpose Audio CD by Diana Ross

Manage Stress – Learn to Breathe: Deep breathing is vital in that it encourages the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue which consequently increases overall energy. This true oxygen exchange stimulates digestion, assimilation and elimination. A very important function of breathing fully and slowly is that the body’s natural relaxation response is prompted. This relaxation response results in decreased tension, anxiety and fatigue.  This CD contains 6 breathing exercises to help you reduce stress and anxiety, quiet the mind, concentrate, and more. You can take this to chemotherapy treatments.  Click HERE for more information.

Cancer: 50 Essential Things to do by Greg Anderson

Cancer 50 Essential Things To Do

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Revised and updated for the first time since 1999, this invaluable guide to cancer recovery offers an easily accessible plan for patients and family members. Written by a cancer survivor, the book is an inspiring, action-oriented roadmap for those who choose to adopt a stance of hope and take charge of their diagnosis.

With penetrating insights that bring together more than two decades of scientifically supported research and experience, Anderson reveals a step-by-step holistic action plan that has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Anderson’s message is: “You must not simply treat illness, you must also create wellness: physically, emotionally and spiritually.”  Click HERE for more information.

 

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeff Zaslow

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.  For more information about this book click HERE.  To view The Last Lecture “Randy Pausch:  Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on YouTube click HERE.

Love, Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegal

Love Medicine Miracles

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Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.  To learn more about this book click HERE.

From Incurable to Incredible, Cancer Survivors Who Beat The Odds and Miracle Survivors: Beating The Odds of Incurable Cancer, both books by Tami Bohemer

From Incurable to Incredible features 27 stories of cancer survivors who shocked everyone by overcoming a terminal prognosis. You’ll learn about Dave Massey, who in 1986 and again in 1997, was given six months to live. Today, he runs marathons and speaks at cancer centers nationwide to spread his message of hope. Paul Falk, diagnosed 23 years ago at age 9 with acute leukemia, describes how his doctors wondered if he would survive two weeks. A year later, he wowed everyone by becoming the personal guest of then Vice President George H.W. Bush. And then there’s Mary Jacobson who, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, bought a coffin and made arrangements for her young daughter. Fifteen years later, she competes in Strong Woman competitions and pulls planes, trains and automobiles for charity.

If you have received an incurable cancer diagnosis, hearing about someone “who made it” is like spotting a rescue ship when you’re drowning in a stormy sea. Miracle Survivors provides that lifeline with a collection of stories of cancer survivors who were given a terminal diagnosis but shocked everyone by thriving years past their prognoses. These “miracle survivors” have different cancers and circumstances, but share a poor prognosis and incredible drive to overcome it.

Miracle Survivors will help answer the question: What sets people apart who beat the odds of a terminal or incurable prognosis? Overcoming the odds wasn’t something that just happened to those who share their stories. Each person took a very active role in overcoming their challenges, whether it was activating their faith or transforming their lifestyle. Rather than passively accepting their circumstances, they decided to transform them.

Own Your Cancer: A Take Charge Guide For The Recently Diagnosed And Those Who Love Them, by Dr. Peter Edelstein

Own Your Cancer

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A must have book for taking charge of the medical aspects of treatment. Dr. Peter Edelstein has learned by listening to his patients and their families–whose lives have suddenly been up-ended by a diagnosis of cancer–that they need a partner to help them navigate their new, complex world. It is critical that cancer patients take charge of their health and “own their cancer” in order to remain in control of this confusing and frightening process. This extremely accessible book is that expert partner, offering a combination of crucial medical education clearly and comfortably explained along with personal guidance gleaned from real patient experiences. In an informed, compassionate, and respectful manner, “Dr. E” translates the challenging medical and psychological issues facing the cancer patient into lay terms, as well as outlining options for “owning” the path ahead. The result empowers patients and their loved ones to take control of their treatment regardless of cancer type or stage, to maintain their independence, and to oversee the processes which will determine their ultimate survival and quality of life.  Click HERE for more information.

 

Waking the Warrior Goddess, Third Edition: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against & Fight Breast Cancer,  by Christine Horner, MD

Breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Once a relatively rare disease, it now affects 2 to 3 million American women. What can we do to protect ourselves? Christine Horner, M.D., has the prescription: Eat healthy foods, add a good dose of certain supplements, get the rest and exercise we need, and avoid things that are bad for our bodies. We each have a Warrior Goddess in us, and it’s time to set her free.

A pioneer who pushed through federal and state legislation ensuring that breast reconstruction after a mastectomy would be paid for by insurance companies, Dr. Horner lost her own mother to breast cancer. She decided then that her mother’s death would not be in vain.

Using the metaphor of the Warrior Goddess, this book explains what Ayurveda, an ancient system of healing, describes as our “inner healing intelligence.” It also explores the various foods and supplements that enable women to prevent and successfully fight breast cancer, as they claim the healthy body that should be theirs. Dr. Horner has added a new chapter to the updated third edition of her award-winning book. In “The Spiritual Journey of Breast Cancer,” she describes why cancer is a wake-up call, a time-out in which women can turn inward to evaluate their lives with the intent to restore good health and learn how to receive, allow, trust, and surrender as they cultivate their relationship with their intuition and a higher power.

The final part of Waking the Warrior Goddess presents Dr. Horner’s Thirty-Step Program for reclaiming health and defeating breast cancer. In addition, this book includes an extensive, newly updated resources section for obtaining the particular nutrients and products that our bodies need to become and stay strong and healthy.  Click HERE to get more information.

 

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, by Dr. Keith Block

Life Over Cancer

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Dr. Keith Block is at the global vanguard of innovative cancer care. As medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, he has treated thousands of patients who have lived long, full lives beyond their original prognoses. Now he has distilled almost thirty years of experience into the first book that gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality they need to meet the demands of treatment and recovery.

Based on a profound understanding of how body and mind can work together to defeat disease, this groundbreaking book offers:
• Innovative approaches to conventional treatments, such as “chronotherapy”–chemotherapy timed to patients’ unique circadian rhythms for enhanced effectiveness and reduced toxicity
• Dietary choices that make the biochemical environment hostile to cancer growth and recurrence, and strengthen the immune system’s ability to attack remaining cancer cells
• Precise supplement protocols to tame treatment side effects, relieve disease-related symptoms, and modify processes like inflammation and glycemia that can fuel cancer if left untreated
• A new paradigm for exercise and stress reduction that restores your strength, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports the body’s own ability to heal
• A complete program for remission maintenance–a proactive plan to make sure the cancer never returns

Also included are “quick-start” maps to help you find the information you need right now and many case histories that will support and inspire you. Encouraging, compassionate, and authoritative, Life over Cancer is the guide patients everywhere have been waiting for.   

 

Elyn Jacobs, Cancer Coach has created a great resource page for cancer patient including books and products.  You can access Elyn’s resource page on her blog  clicking HERE.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge is power.  Inspiration from others who have walked in the same shoes can give you strength and courage. Learning about cancer from a variety of angles can help make you a more informed and proactive patient, which will help you navigate your journey with better vision and conviction.

Margot Malin is founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.  Visit our website to learn about personal care products that can reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of oncology radiation, chemotherapy and cancer surgery.  Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer.

Please visit our facebook page at: www.facebook.com/LotsToLiveFor

 

 

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Love Your Melon – Helping Children with Cancer – Buy One Give One – Warmth for Head and Heart

by Connor Amundson, Love Your Melon National Ambassador Director

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The Love Your Melon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization run by college students on a mission to put a hat on every child battling cancer in the United States, and that is why we hope that every single child who has either battled or is still battling cancer can love their melon.  The hat has its obvious purpose of keeping a head warm, but it also has a deeper meaning and helps provide strength throughout treatment and is intended to help strengthen the child cancer community! For every hat sold on the Love Your Melon website, another identical hat is given to a child battling cancer. Through funding from our Buy One – Give One program and generous donations, the Love Your Melon Foundation seeks to provide therapeutic entertainment and comfy hats to children battling cancer during their difficult treatment process. The Love Your Melon Foundation creates smiles on the faces of children battling cancer, engages communities to make a difference and provides therapeutic treatment when it is most needed.

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon has been able to give and sell over 40,000 hats. It was founded on the simple concept of helping those in need and engaging communities to make a difference. On December 23rd, 2013, the organization received 501(c)(3) status and is an established non-profit. The Love Your Melon Foundation has big plans for the future.  On January 12th, 2014 it embarked on the first tour across the east coast. On May 15th, it launched a 50 day West Coast Tour in order to take its mission nationwide. Since then, it has built an ambassador program of over 1000 ambassadors nation-wide and doesn’t plan on stopping until every child in America battling cancer has a hat.

If you would like to request that a free hat be sent to a child you know undergoing treatment, please click HERE to access the Love Your Melon Request Form.

 

Love_your_melon_pic_1Ambassadors are from colleges across the states with each college having a maximum of 20 members on their crew.  These ambassadors promote Love Your Melon on their campus with advertising campaigns, sales events, and other creative ideas that the ambassador crews take the initiative to get going (5k races, bake sales, etc.).  Culminating all of their hard work, they then donate hats to children battling cancer in their community or at their local hospital.

All of our products are made right here in the United States of America.  We believe in keeping manufacturing here and providing jobs for the citizens of our country.  By doing this we are able to build better relationships with our suppliers that supply our great products.  Our beanies, scarves and shirts are made in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On October 22nd, 2014, Love Your Melon had it’s first Superhero Adventure Day.  Ambassadors from all over the United States arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and paired up with a child battling cancer for a day filled with professional athletes, airplane and helicopter flights, race car rides, and a culminating yacht ride.

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Gold Love Your Melon Children’s Hat (Hats come in different colors)

In the months of February and March, Love Your Melon has over 20,000 hats to donate to children battling cancer across the United States.  If you are interested in helping out and becoming apart of our ambassador program, please email crew@loveyourmelon.com

To buy a hat for yourself and also have one donated to a young cancer patient, click HERE.  The Love Your Melon website also features other trademarked apparel.  For any item that you purchase, a HAT will be donated to a young cancer patient. For example if you buy a Love Your Melon T-shirt, you will receive the T-Shirt and a child undergoing treatment will receive a hat/beanie and a smile.

Why donate a hat? It’s all about loving who you are, whether you have hair or not, and recognizing that the community is all rallying behind you! Here’s a link to make a donation:  http://loveyourmelon.com/products/donate-to-the-love-your-melon-foundation

UPDATE- Click to read this article from Forbes, December 2016:

Millennial Start-Up Love Your Melon: Giving Back Is Sweeter Than Success

http://www.forbes.com/sites/petertaylor/2016/12/12/millennial-start-up-love-your-melon-proves-that-giving-back-is-also-great-for-your-bottom-line/#17b780c05f72

Watch this heartwarming video of one of the Love Your Melon Smile Tours to see how this foundation brightens the lives of young cancer patients by visiting hospitals to donate hats in person, and helping bring cheer to their daily routine.

 

 

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Great Holiday Gifts for Cancer Patients

Are you looking to purchase a great holiday gift for a cancer patient? To give a gift that will be special and highly appreciated, we suggest buying a gift that is both thoughtful and useful.

Cancer treatments including most chemotherapy regimens and radiation can cause unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects. Great gifts can help reduce the severity of these side effects and help to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Even simple side effect solutions can have a big effect on quality of life.

Deluxe Chemo Gift Kit

Deluxe Chemotherapy Gift

We have created a list of possible side effects and product suggestions to help combat the uncomfortable symptoms. Giving a gift of comfort shows that you understand and empathize with the patients’ health challenges.

Click on any product name below for more information and details about the product.

NAUSEA

We recommend Queasy Drops which are helpful in three ways: 1) they help to reduce nausea and 2) they help keep a dry mouth hydrated 3) they have a pleasant taste. These make a great stocking stuffer.

Biobands are simple acupressure wrist bands which can be worn round the clock with no side effects. They also help reduce nausea, and are reasonably priced.

RADIATION SKIN CARE

For compromised skin including radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis, we suggest My Girls Skin Care Cream, which is calendula based and calming. It goes on the skin feeling creamy but not oily.

For burned and painful skin we recommend RADX Radiation Therapy which also has 2% lidocaine as an ingredient to help reduce pain.  CoolMagic gel sheets also offer incredible relief.

A personal products gift collection with excellent value is the DermaQOL 9 Piece Gift Kit which includes soap, lotions, therapy cream, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and more. The DermaQOL products contain no harsh ingredients (ie no parabens, or other harsh products).

For a calming spray, we suggest CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray or Atopalm Moisture Mist.

To help surgical scars heal consider CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm.

DRY MOUTH

Many chemotherapy regimens, and radiation to the throat and neck often cause dry mouth.  MouthKote is a handy spray that can be carried in a purse or a briefcase to combat dry mouth. We suggest Oral Balance Gel to help with mouth sores.

CLOTHING

Interesting and creative head wraps or hats may be appreciated by patients experiencing hair loss. There are also special surgical gowns that have been designed for cancer patients with special closures and port holes.  You can read about Radiant Wraps by clicking here.

STRESS

Relaxation, meditation and breathing products can help reduce stress. We suggest the Breathe with Purpose CD.  There are also calming apps which can be downloaded onto your phone. These products can help the patient relax during chemo infusions, or help improve sleep.

THE UNKNOWN

Fear of the unknown can cause escalation and rumination which can increase stress. The book “When Cancer Hits” by Britta Aragon is a complete guide to navigating all the changes that a patient will experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living including how to best manage side effects, stress and home recovery, and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Gentle exercise is generally recommended for cancer patients. Carol Michaels has written a book called  “Exercises for Cancer Survivors” and also has two gentle exercise DVD’s which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some cancer patients are under the impression that inactivity will decrease fatigue and speed recovery. However, exercising during and after cancer surgery and treatments is helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. The book and DVD’s are valuable resources and can help guide patients.

POOR APPETITE

Chemotherapy can affect appetite and taste. While many well wishers think that sweets and candy will be appreciated, many oncologists recommend that sugary products should be avoided. Therefore if considering food, we suggest homemade broths and chicken soups, or organic fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Give the Gift of Comfort

Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer

Lots To Live For, Inc. has been delivering comfort during cancer for over 12 years. We have helped many patients and their families combat the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment. We have a number of curated gift collections, or you can choose a collection of products from our website to create a more personalized gift.

by Margot Malin,

Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

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CV Skinlabs Products

 

DermaQOL Gift Kit

DermaQOL Gift Kit

 

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CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray—Great for Cooling and Soothing Burns, Cuts, Scrapes, and Dry Skin

by Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs and Cancer Survivor

 

For Breast Cancer Awareness month we are offering a RAFFLE / FREE GIVEAWAY OF A FULL SIZED RESCUE & RELIEF SPRAY.

The links to enter the Free Raffle are provided at the end of this post.

 

Cancer treatments cause a number of side effects, and some of the most painful include radiation burns, injection site irritations, and rashes.

 

My father suffered from a painful, embarrassing acne-like rash when he was going through treatments. I tried to help him with a high-end, sensitive cream, but it only made his skin worse. I felt so terrible!

 

Rescue & Relief Spray

Rescue & Relief Spray

After that, I vowed to create products that would help soothe and calm skin irritations without harsh ingredients that would exacerbate redness and dryness. I’m particularly proud of our Rescue + Relief Spray. This product was named the “best after-sun soother” by Healing Lifestyles & Spas in 2014 because of how quickly it soothes that burning feeling. Because of the great ingredients, however, it also helps tame inflammation and hydrate skin.

 

“I LOVE Rescue + Relief spray!,” says Karen Lee, retired chiropractor, mom and green blogger of EcoKaren.com. I couldn’t believe the red and angry inflamed areas started to disappear within hours. The thin milky spray has a pleasant odor and it has a very refreshing natural scent. Not a chemically induced or artificial smell. It dries quickly and it seemed to get absorbed rather quickly, without dripping down to a waste. It left the skin very soft and smooth and my kids said it felt cool almost immediately.”

 

Whether you’re suffering from radiation burns, IV irritation, flushed skin, rashes, itchy scalp, eczema, rosacea, or even irritation after shaving, CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray provides instant, soothing relief and cooling, while encouraging skin to heal.

 

Soothing Radiation Burns

When I wrote my book When Cancer Hits, I talked to a number of survivors about side effects. Radiation burns came up again and again. These occur at the treatment site, and can get worse the more treatments you have. Sometimes, they can get so tender that you have to put off your next treatment to allow the skin to heal.

 

Any delay in your cancer treatment can be discouraging, as it prolongs your healing and also extends the time that you have to endure side effects. So dealing with these burns becomes a priority.

 

When treating these types of burns, the standard, over-the-counter petroleum-based product just won’t cut it. Petroleum covers the skin, but does nothing to nourish or heal it, and can actually contribute to more dryness over the long-term. Chemical preservatives and fragrances can also contribute to the irritation and pain.

 

Instead, what you need when treating radiation burns is a) something to cool it down, b) something to heal it, and c) something to hydrate it. This is where the Rescue + Relief Spray comes in.

 

“When your skin is inflamed and sensitive from a sunburn or other sensitivities,” says Frank Lipman, integrative doctor and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center, “it’s extra important to treat it with serious TLC. For that, I recommend Rescue + Relief Spray by CV Skinlabs.”

 

Here’s how this product works to relieve radiation burns:

 

  • Provides instant, cooling relief—especially if you store it in the refrigerator
  • Delivers hydrating moisture while calming and soothing inflamed skin
  • Aloe leaf juice soothes on contact
  • Chamomile and cucumber work together to provide cooling and softening benefits
  • Water lily naturally purifies and absorbs heat
  • Valerian and comfrey tame inflammation, calming skin down and encouraging faster healing
  • Unique Tri-Rescue Complex promotes wound-healing and speeds the repair of damaged skin

 

As you can see, I’ve used plant-based ingredients to remove the heat and hydrate the skin, as they are more biocompatible than synthetic ingredients and less likely to cause reactions. I made this product specifically for those with sensitive, compromised, and tender skin. Apply by simply spraying on the burned area as often as needed.

 

Tip: Take it with you and apply immediately after your radiation treatment before getting dressed to help your skin get a head-start on healing and to help reduce burning and stinging. (I would also recommend applying our Restorative Skin Balm after the spray has dried for long-lasting moisturization.)

 

Other Benefits of This Product

In addition to soothing and cooling radiation burns, you can also use this product to:

 

  • Relieve itching, burning and inflamed red skin caused by: sun exposure, minor burns from cooking or using hot tools, insect bites, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis
  • Soothe skin after shaving—makes an ideal after-shave for men
  • Tone skin after cleansing (much better than an alcohol-based toner!)
  • Set make-up and add some hydration over makeup
  • Cool and calm flushed skin
  • Soothe scalp irritation when wearing a wig or hat
  • Calm inflammation from scalp folliculitis
  • Hydrate, soothe, and help heal rashes
  • Calm inflamed skin due to taking medications

 

Customers Rave About the Results

 

When it comes to products, it’s the results that really matter, right? So let me share with you what some people have said about Rescue + Relief Spray.

 

Celebrity makeup artist Beverly Fink loved the results when she gave the product to a client’s daughter who was going through chemotherapy.

 

“She used this on her scalp and it brought immediate soothing relief to her tender scalp while calming her irritated skin. Amazing!”

 

Terry, a regular customer, couldn’t believe how much it helped her when she suffered an eczema outbreak. “I used the spray and It was glorious! It was immediately cooling and refreshing. The itching subsided. I’m not sure how Rescue + Relief Spray works, but bottom line is: IT WORKS!”

 

Here are the before and after pictures of showing how the product helped her skin to heal:

Rescue and Relief Arm - BeforeRescue and Relief Arm - After

Helena, another customer who suffers from psoriasis, had this to say:

 

“I tried the R + R Spray during testing and I loved it! I have psoriasis on my scalp and it extends down onto the back of my neck. I would spray it on and it would soften the tight, dry and itchy area of my neck and scalp. I felt relief soon after I sprayed it on. The other thing I love about it is the texture. Other ointments I’ve used are heavy, thick or oily and smelly. They are often hard to wash out of my hair and make my hair greasy when applied. The R+R Spray was so light and non greasy that I could put my hair up after application and it wouldn’t make me self conscious at all, my hair would dry. Thank you so much for a great product!”

 

Christine Lilienfeld, an oncology nurse in Boston, Massachusetts, says she likes all the products, especially for treating radiation induced skin irritation: “The Rescue and Relief Spray provides instant benefit to irritated skin,” she says.

 

Final Thoughts

If you suffer from red, burned, flushed, irritated, and stinging skin, I hope you’ll try this product as I know it will help you feel better! I started CV Skinlabs because I was frustrated I couldn’t find natural, soothing products during my cancer experience, and my father’s cancer experience. I’ve put my heart and soul into these natural solutions so that others don’t have to suffer from difficult skin conditions we did. I hope you, too, will experience the soothing relief these products can provide!

 

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY:  To enter a raffle to win a FREE Rescue & Relief Spray visit the Lots To Live For, Inc. Facebook page – Click HERE

Like the post, and be sure to also LIKE the Lots To Live For Facebook page   The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on October 7th.

 

To purchase CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray visit www.LotsToLiveFor.com or click HERE.

CV Skinlabs also makes several other amazing skin care products. You can view the entire collection HERE.

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CV Skinlabs product collection

 

About the Author, Britta Aragon:

“No matter where you are on the cancer journey,” Britta says, “you must make time for tender self-care. Not only is your body going through the fight of its life, but so are you—the soul who lives inside. Cancer treatments can really affect our confidence in ways we probably weren’t prepared for. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to tend to the problem, while encouraging ourselves to keep our heads high.” Britta Aragon is a cancer survivor, safe cosmetics expert, author, and the founder of CV Skinlabs.      

For more about Britta Aragon, visit her blog at Cinco Vidas.

 

 

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