Monday, April 15, 2013

ACS Wig Bank

 As a result of being confused with a fortune teller a couple of weeks ago and the suggestion of one of the people who commented on my blog (Thanks Karen!), I decided to bite the bullet and check out the American Cancer Society's wig bank.  This was a little imperative because last week I gave a talk to other advanced/metastatic breast cancer patients who had been recently diagnosed.  In addition, I was working at the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati.

I called the American Cancer Society's 800 number, and I was referred to "Styles Unlimited" in Sidney, Ohio, which is about a half an hour from me.   I was surprised at the number of wigs they had on hand...some were donated, either after use or when they didn't work out for the person who ordered them and some are donated directly to ACS by the manufacturer.  Darla and Patty and I...and a couple of their customers who came in after we started the process had a fun time trying them on and trying to pick what would look the best.

I was a little surprised because hair which was my natural color looked a little too dark...Instead, we settled on this one which has some "frosted" areas in front, but also had reddish brown over all...sort of similar to my natural color but looking a tad lighter.

It hasn't fallen fits pretty well, although you do have to wiggle it around to find the sweet spot so it won't give me a head ache.  I still can't find my wigs from before (from three years ago and the original one which was purchased in 1994).....So I was very pleased to have been helped out with this one.  This was a godsend given the status of employment in this household of late.

You can check out resources offered to Cancer patients on their website here.  It is in the "find support and resources in your area."


  1. dear lisa,

    you have no idea how thrilled i am that my suggestion to try the ACS worked out so well for you! you look beautiful in that wig...and i love the lighter hair color and the blue of your glasses light up your face.

    the initials after my name, TC, stands for The Commentor. it came about after i was diagnosed with ST IV metastatic breast cancer in 2011 - i had followed many blogs for another cancer, a rare one, multiple myeloma,, which my husband was dx'd with in 2009. boy - did i have a story to tell - 2 of us with cancer at the same time, both classified as "incurable". happily, i'm NED, and hugh is in CR after 2 stem cell transplants. though blogging was something i very much aspired to, we are still overwhelmed at times with all the medical issues we still deal with. stock in trade is commenting to lend support, provide validation, encouragement, comfort and parts of hugh's and my story, as well as to join in on initiatives or conversations about changing the BC landscape. so thank you, thank you for mentioning my comment. this was a really uplifting post, and i loved the photos.

    love, XOXO

    karen, TC

  2. You look absolutely fabulous!

  3. Thank you Karen...and dahling Dallis! I am always amazed at how my eyes switch from blue, brilliant like in this photo, to turquoise, to grey....Glasses are actually violet...but are on the blue violet end of the spectrum.

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  6. I'm glad you shared that we live here in Sidney and we couldn't figure out where it was no one of course had that to call the cancer society to find out.