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GIVING THANKS

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Six months of chemo down and another one or even two months to go.  My lashes have gone, my brows are sparse, my skin like paper, and my muscles weak. Despite this, I cleared my calendar of my Friday night ‘couch date’ and proudly replaced it with the Treasure Chest 10 Year Anniversary ‘Men With Breast Intentions’ Black Tie Ball!

....(sic) I haven’t been captivated by many speeches that have touched me, that I could truly relate to, that are personal, raw and stripped-back to the bone. But on Friday night I fought back tears when Pratika Lal (Founder of the Treasure Chest) addressed the room of 400 guests, both men and women, regarding the work the Treasure Chest Charity does to improve the experience for those undergoing breast cancer treatment, particularly breast reconstruction. I was also reminded of my cold, hard reality, but found comfort knowing that I’m not alone, and the treatment side effects are real, very real, as much as I try to disregard them. The nausea, sleepless nights, fatigue, ulcers, headaches, blurry vision, itchy skin and the daily mental challenges are relentless. I could go on and on, but let me spare you the details, many of them too gory for this medium as well as the shiny brochures that try to prepare you for what to expect during treatment – another time perhaps?! to read the full blog post of Giving Thanks please click here.

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FASHION DESIGNER LISA BARRON SHARES HER ARMADALE LOVES

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By Jemimah Clegg | The Weekly Review

Renowned fashion designer Lisa Barron is vice-president of Treasure Chest, which aims to improve the lives of women with breast cancer. The charity will hold its 10th Men with Breast Intentions Ball on May 27. “Fashion is my life but I have always felt the need to give my time and effort for others,” Lisa says. She has lived and worked in Armadale for more than a decade and loves the heart and soul of its small businesses.

Where do you go for a great cup of coffee? Coffee and a bear claw are a regular breakfast grab at Phillippa’s Bakery. The friendly familiarity and the consistent quality is the reason for a constant stream of customers.

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CHEMO HAIR IS #ANNOYING

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Chemo hair is really #annoying – and don’t we know it!  Chemo hair refers to hair that has been meticulously preserved by using what’s called the ‘scalp cooling system’. To be thinking about one’s hair regularly  throughout the day is somewhat a tedious and emotionally consuming job.

Is it windy outside? Bun it. Raining? Hat me up! And be sure to tell me when you plan to close the sunroof so I can wrangle in my ‘wild hair’ that I might add, enjoys some good old peddle-to-the-metal action! Yep, I’ve lost some precious strands of hair in the most ludicrous of situations – not in the shower, and not while brushing or styling as one would expect. To read to the rest of Chemo Hair is #Annoying please click here

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THE TREASURE CHEST THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

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WHAT IS TREASURE CHEST INC

Treasure Chest Inc. is a registered, independent, not-for-profit charity based in MelbourneVictoria, and championed by committed volunteers.

Treasure Chest Inc. was founded in 2006 by Pratika Lal, a woman who has undergone breast cancer twice and continues to undergo treatment. During her treatment time Pratika met a lot of women struggling with long wait times to complete their treatments, enduring hardships, confused over information, support and how to find it, losing hair and all the other indignities and struggles that come with diseases such as breast cancer. Pratika founded Treasure Chest Inc primarily to raise funds to support The Royal Women’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals Shared Breast Services to provide equipment and resources to improve access to, and quality of, breast reconstruction services for patients undergoing beast cancer treatment in the Victorian public health system.

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GOD SAVE THE HAIR

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Oh <insert profanity here> I’m going to lose my hair with chemotherapy! Like hell I am, I thought! I didn’t want to wear cancer wigs or chemotherapy scarves (even the designer type). But a chemotherapy scalp cooling cap was one hat I was willing to try, in order to preserve my hair. For some reason I became more transfixed on my hair, than on chemotherapy. I guess I had something to keep myself focused on something, other than the side-effects and what came next on the cancer to-do list.  

Okay, so how does one save one’s hair during chemotherapy? Good question! In basic terms, the cooling caps restrict blood flow in the scalp, resulting in reduced amounts of the chemotherapy drug being delivered to the hair follicle. I can tell you now, it was met with subtle cynicism, by friends, family and those in the medical field when I first entertained the idea, but I guess that’s because nobody really understood what scalp cooling or ‘cold caps’ meant and besides, was it really that important to save my hair when I such a fierce battle on my hands? Surely my vanity would take a backseat during this challenging time? No way! Quite frankly, it was the best decision I made, a no-brainer. To read to the rest of God Save the Hair please click here

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