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GREAT NEWS FOR WOMEN DEALING WITH POST BREAST CANCER SURGERY!

Help is now available from Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL), insurance and income tax deductions.

 

How can I benefit?

1.  Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) assists Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness in maintaining independence in their community. AADL provides funding for basic medical equipment and supplies to meet clinically assessed needs*.

The program is available through approved specialty vendors, of which Compassionate Beauty is one. This program is a cost share for breasts forms. Those eligible are offered a cost sharing of either $263.02 or up to $350.7 per breast prosthesis every three years if needed.

2.  Insurance: In addition to the provincial program, many families also have third party private insurance (also referred to as extended health care plans). Please call your insurer and/or review your policy to ensure you’re taking advantage of the maximum benefit allowed.

Here’s one example of an insurance policy coverage that may apply to you:

Prosthetic equipment – We cover external breast prostheses once per insured person per calendar year. We’ll pay for 2 surgical brassieres per insured person per calendar year.

3.  Income Tax:  In addition to the above resources, many of the medical items that are GST exempt may also be income tax deductions. When discussing this with your income tax preparer please let them know that Compassionate Beauty’s medical items are GST exempt and therefore should be considered income tax deductions.

 

At Compassionate Beauty we share your journey and offer the most up to date products, services and care to meet your needs. We invite you visit us for your prosthesis needs. Breast prostheses or breast forms come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. We carry an extensive selection to ensure that you’ll leave with a prosthesis that will come as close as possible to matching your other breast as well as your specific body type. Our professional, certified fitters will meet with you one-to-one to explain your options, review selections and custom fit a breast form to your specific needs making sure that everything fits, matches and is weighted to the proportions of your body. I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to be fitted by a certified professional. We want to ensure that you look fabulous, natural and confident. Please book an appointment for a prosthesis fitting so that you can have all of the professional attention that you deserve. Give us a call today.

 

 

New Juzo Soft arm sleeves available in a signature print series offering over 25 fashionable choices for women with mild lymphedema.

This Lightweight fabric offers both Class 1 and Class 2 arm sleeves and gauntlets for a great summer option in lymphedema management.

Book your fitting appointment today!  

 

 

See available prints here: http://www.juzousa.com/Prints/

 

For the past 10 years I have lovingly opened our doors every morning.  Seems like a lifetime now as I remember the many emotions that have encompassed those years. 

Of course the sadness that led me to the concept of Compassionate Beauty  followed by the proud moment when the general contractor told me that my opening date would be May 2, which was Louise’s (my best friend that lost her battle with cervical cancer) birthday.

 The slow yet steady positive word of mouth that has made Compassionate Beauty a much-needed resource and referral destination by Tom Baker Cancer Center and others whom have walked this journey.

I want to walk a little through time of my years,  starting with my desire to convey my reason and feeling about opening Compassionate Beauty. After many attempts with a national advertising company, they finally find the words that explain the business.

Because cancer is real, we are real.

Brilliant, tears welled up in my eyes.  They understood and were able to articulate my feelings.  To me this said it all.   To this day, I still get comments on the slogan, many say I should change it to a positive, like Fortunately we are here, but personally I wouldn’t change a word. I stand true fast that I have seen cancer and all its pain first hand and through the eyes of thousands of women and their families, and I  DO think it is so unfortunate that cancer is prevalent that their needs to be a cancer specific business. 

Another Huge day, 2005- recently diagnosed  with Breast Cancer and just finished treatment, Dr Marla Shapiro from CTV News comes to Compassionate Beauty and films out of our store. 

What a great day, watching her talking with our own women going through their journeys.  Really sharing personal stories. 

Then  in 2007, My mother and part time helper at the store gets diagnosed with lung cancer  and wins and then  a short year later gets diagnosed with lymphoma and quickly becomes my poster girl.   I am overwhelmed by the support that is given to us and even years later, women still walk in asking how my mom is.  You see that’s the community we now live in.  Compassion is the underlying theme for anyone faced with cancer.

In 2008 we were welcomed into Cancer Treatment Centers of America to showcase what and how we were able to bring comfort to their patients. For two year we trained  the center  in our services, from pampering pedicures during chemotherapy infusions, to in room shopping.  

We have had thousand through our doors, we have witnessed incredible displays of courage, strength, fear and support.  We have seen families turn lemons into lemonade and celebrate friendship and hope.

We have over the years donated hundreds and hundreds of no longer needed breast forms to both Africa and Mexico.  After we sent out a newsletter just like this one, women started walking through our doors with prostheses that they no longer use, in order to help others less fortunate.

We have made a lot of friends and we have lost many friends.  We are here for women and are committed to the communities around us.

In 2013 we opened Compassionate Beauty Kitsilano and 2014 Compassionate Beauty Surrey followed and now women in Vancouver and south of the Fraser valley or river can find the same products and services.

You've done chemo, and now you are excitedly and expectantly waiting for your hair to grow back! Sometimes though, it can seem a bit slow, and depending on treatment, perhaps thinner or finer then what you had before.  We realize this can feel frustrating, and you may feel discouraged. You are so done with your wig, and are tired of wearing scarves.

One of the things we HIGHLY recommend that you do when you first start your treatment is to take care of your scalp. Just because you are without hair for awhile does not mean you get to ignore your scalp. Quite the opposite. We always recommend you using the Well Being Kit to keep your scalp in its best shape possible (ph balanced, clean, and moisturized with products that won't cause any congestion in the scalp) during and after treatment.

As mentioned earlier though, sometimes the hair is thinner coming in. One of the products we suggest after treatment is the Feminine Complex lotion to help stimulate, and strengthen the hair as its coming in. One of its benefits is that it has a concentrate of organic active ingredients from milk and sulphur-rich amino acids - this is designed to stimulate hair follicle cells.

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If however the follicle for some reason has been damaged, the hair will be thinner, and the growth may be stunted.A great tool to help encourage more growth is the iGrow.



iGrow combines high-quality lasers and LEDs for a more effective low-level light therapy. The lasers produce a wavelength of 655 to 670 nanometers that have been shown to increase cellular activity within the follicles. The LEDs, with their broader array of light energy, help provide complete scalp coverage. Effective and perfectly safe, this combination of red therapeutic light helps to rejuvenate the hair follicles.

We find the combination of the Feminine Complex shampoo and lotion and the iGrow a great team.

Top pieces have become a fantastic option as well to give volume, fullness, and coverage. They come in synthetic and natural hair, and in a variety of sizes depending on what your need is.


We match up the desired color. Then reshape and style the piece on you, and blend into your existing haircut. You would be surprised how many woman wear these pieces! You'll be even more surprised how many people won't know you're wearing one!


If you have any concerns about how your hair is, or isn't coming in, don't hesitate to call us! There are options! We are here to help before, during, and after treatment.

Written By: Stacie-Rae, Tattoo Artist

www.nippletattoos.com

3D is the abbreviated version of 3-dimensional, meaning an object that has height, depth and width.  A person, sculpture, plant, or house is a bonafide 3D object.

 

1D means 1-dimensional and usually refers to something flat, such as paper or skin surface.   A drawing or photo is a single-dimension item.  Are you with me so far?

 

In the case of tattooing or drawing, the term 3D refers to an optical manipulation giving a flat surface the appearance of depth.  The term '3D nipple' is really thrown about and misused these days, so let's take a moment to clarify!

 

With a '3D nipple' - In the case of a talented and skilled artist, this refers to our ability to create the optical illusion of something with depth and height where there is neither.  In simple terms, we know exactly how to manipulate shadows and highlights to acheive this effect. 

 

There is a general rule, though, for tattooers - we must be adept at tattooing, with at least 5 years fulltime experience under our belts and the ability to do consistent work in all skin types, so we should effectively be able to tattoo anything we can draw.  But if we cannot draw it or achieve that 3D effect on paper, there is NO way we will be able to achieve it in the skin.  No way.  Knowing how to draw AND how to tattoo does not guaruntee that a tattooers ability, though.  So, again it's 'buyer beware' when choosing a qualified tattooer.

 

And, to take it one step further - as I've blogged before, most practitioners doing this work use pigment that is actually designed to fade.  So even if they are able to achieve this illusion, there is a 85% chance it will fade away to almost nothing over the next 4-5 years.  IF they can accomplish this feat with little or no damage to the fragile tissue!  It's a jungle out there, folks, so be careful who you trust if they are throwing around the term "3D nipples" like its an easy thing to accomplish!!   Ask to see drawings and don't accept anything that isn't absolutely stunning.

 

You've been through so much, you really do deserve the best quality tattooing.  I've seen so many women unhappy with their tattoos and accepting that as their fate.  Be prepared to wait, spend, and possibly travel.  In the long run it's absolutely worth it, and what a great reason for a road trip!  "I'm going to get my new nipples!"

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