Pink in the Piedmont: Unique Services for Charlotte Breast Cancer Survivors

October 18, 2017

The Pink House is the Queen City’s crown jewel of support services for breast cancer survivors and co-survivors.  

 

Founded by Carolina Breast Friends, The Pink House on Morehead Street in Charlotte offers everything from nutrition advice to restorative yoga.

It has become a unique respite center for survivors at every stage of the journey-- from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, living with metastasis, remission; or the fear of recurrence. Women who have walked the same path are available to provide support, encouragement, information, and assistance.

 

More Information from Carolina Breast Friends

After a breast cancer diagnosis many women experience estrogen depletion and that can lead to vaginal atrophy. It’s the same vaginal discomfort that occurs at different stages in a woman’s life -- -- whether it is pre- or post-menopause, or following childbirth.  It is now possible for survivors to find relief from dryness, burning or urinary incontinence. Attend a seminar to learn about MonaLisa Touch, a gentle laser treatment that acts on the soft tissue of the vaginal walls, stimulating new collagen production. For any woman experiencing these symptoms, who cannot take estrogen, this seminar might be helpful. Click here for more information. 

 

By now we should all understand the importance of mammograms.  Having a yearly mammogram can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. Under the Affordable Care Act mammograms generally, must be covered with no cost-sharing. However, if for some reason cost is an issue there is a way to find the best prices for mammograms and other breast health services near you thanks to New Choice Health.

 

Nikki’s Tattoo Studio is the first in Charlotte owned and operated by a woman. One of the artists, Nikki Thompson, says on her website that areola coloring is most commonly requested after breast cancer surgery. She adds, “Often for breast cancer survivors I can offer this service complimentary. I do request I speak to you on the phone or meet with you first to determine your needs and see if I can help you. Your last surgery should be a year old for the color to take properly.  The complimentary service is for those who chose not to have the color done during the reconstruction process with their doctor or other technician. I do this as a way to give back and help those who have been down this road, move forward and feel back to normal as much as possible. And I always hope it inspires other service providers to consider how they may be able to help a survivor too.”

From minimizing the appearance of scars to 3D nipple and areola color lots of survivors rave about Nikki’s work check out her website here. 

Unique Boutique offers a wide selection of mastectomy bras, fashion apparel, breast forms and wigs for women who have undergone a mastectomy or chemotherapy. The brave women who have endured the pangs of cancer deserve to place they can turn to for all their fashion needs. Unique Boutique was created to ease the transition of women who are adjusting to the new shape of their bodies.

The extent of hair loss survivors experience depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for how long. The various classes of chemotherapy drugs all produce different reactions. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on the head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms. You can buy an eyebrow pencil anywhere, but if you want a large selection of wigs, wig adhesives and lashes at great prices hit a great beauty supply store like Tisun on North or South Tryon.

Women on the breast cancer journey can gain support and education from guest speakers and group members by joining bosom buddies

The Support group meets at the Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center.