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Posted on: Nov 18, 2009 11:00PM, edited Nov 19, 2009 01:56AM by BooBee

BooBee wrote:

I've contacted several companies requesting discounts, free shipping or willingness to provide consultations for those loosing their hair.  Some generous companies already provide free products. 

This can't grow and help others without your contributions.  Please provide your comments on each of the companies if you order from them and PM me with new additions to the list.

I'm not working for any of the companies and I do not benefit financially from this.

(I am, however, suffering from empty-nest-syndrome so please allow me to distract myself while I await grandchildren that my children aren't ready to give me.)SmileKiss

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HeadCovers.com  Exclusively for women suffering from hair loss.  By far the best selection available online.  Includes hats, wigs, turbans, sleep caps, cosmetics and children's hats, caps and wigs.

4women.com   This is my favorite scarf known as the Beau Beau.  They're expensive but well worth it.  There is also a nice selection for children. fabrics for girls  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X60jfvNIaFU  Video showing how to use it. 

tlcdirect.org   is a not-for-profit website and catalog of the American Cancer Society. their mission is to help women cope during and after cancer treatments by providing wigs and other hair loss products (plus how-to information) as well as mastectomy products.  Small sellection but good prices.

SensualHairExtensions.com   This personable company sells a wide variety of wigs and has extensive experience with multi-cultural wig fittings.   This is one of the few companies that you can call and speak with the owner.   You can find her phone number at the top of the page.

Bandanas.net  Inexpensive and hundreds to choose from.  $3.00 to $4.00 for 20x20 bandanas. 

MySkullCaps.com  Originally designed as a scalp protector for helmets (Bike, Football, Army) these are form fitting with only a few inches of fabric in the ties hanging down the back.  Designed primarily for men but there are several choices for women too.  Inexpensive $10 for 100% cotton scull caps, $6.50ish for 100% Cotton with Sweatband and Polyester Lining.

PlanetBuff.com   If you're looking for something you can also use post chemo, try Buffs. Yes, Buffs are what they wear on the program Survivor. These work great for sleeping caps.  They are versatile 12 different uses, they come in 400 designs and made from soft breathable microfiber. One size fits most plus child sizes.  For a limited time, PlanetBuff.com is offering FREE 1st Class SHIPPING on all USA orders when using coupon code: PM me for the code.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5OBlXWJ2Ek&feature=player_embedded  Video on how to wear one.

SparklingEarth.com   Inexpensive scull caps with a large selection of prints.  I also like the  Big hair surgical caps.  These are great if you're looking for more fabric in the back. Arctic Bandana Although I have not personally tried these, they look like a viable option for hot flashes during the day. 

HatsWithHeart.com   Turbans, hats, scarves, sleeping caps and liners.  Lots of styles and colors.

SoftHats.com   Soft hats designed for women with hair loss.  Includes turbans, sleep caps and scarf liners.  This has a informative page on choosing the right head wear for cancer patients.  Selecting the right cancer hat

SparklingEarth.com   Inexpensive scull caps with a large selection of prints.  I also like the  Big hair surgical caps.  These are great if you're looking for more fabric in the back. Arctic Bandana Although I have not personally tried these, they look like a viable option for hot flashes during the day. 

HatsWithHeart.com   Turbans, hats, scarves, sleeping caps and liners.  Lots of styles and colors.

SoftHats.com   Soft hats designed for women with hair loss.  Includes turbans, sleep caps and scarf liners.  This has a informative page on choosing the right head wear for cancer patients.  Selecting the right cancer hat

FranceLuxe.com Beautiful silk head wraps but expensive.  If you are a woman or girl experiencing a loss or thinning of hair as a result of illness or treatment, they will send you a scarf in the pattern and color of your choosing.  Free.  Click on the "Good Wishes" logo in the upper right hand corner of the page for more information.

TheRainbowShop.com  If you're looking for a headwrap with a tie dye look, this is good option.  100% cotton and several style options.

al-muminat.com  Square cotton scarves. Small selection but good prices.

StarScarves.com  42"x42" square.  Small selection good prices.

RadWrapz.com  Solid color head wraps.  only a hand full to choose from but cheep.  Buy two, get one free.

CowboyWildRags.com  Generous size, square, silk scarves.  Like most silk fabric, they are moderately expensive.

Anokhiusa.com   100% cotton scarves and comes in several sizes.  Decent prices for the 30"x30".

Free Head Covering Sites

HeavenlyHats.com The Heavenly Hats was founded by teenager Anthony Leanna when he was only 10 years old.  Since it's beginnings in 2001, Heavenly Hats has distributed more than 450,000 brand-new hats to hundreds of hospitals and clinics around the United States.  Click here to request a hat package

OrgSites.com  Wiggs for Love is a organization in memory of Mary (Spagnoli) Cron who lost her battle with breast cancer.  Her family and friends have formed Wigs for Love, enabling breast cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemo or radiation to receive a wig at no charge to them.

HeadHuggers.org Head Huggers provides free knit and crochet hat patterns. People continue to amaze me through this journey and few have impressed me more than Sue Thompson. She coordinates, collects and distributes new, homemade hats to cancer patients.

Free Sewing, Knit and Crochet Patterns

deofsf.com Free sewing pattern for caps provided by Design Enterprises of San Francisco.
ProudMommy.tripod.com Free sewing pattern for a scarf called a Snood.
BevsCountryCottage.com Free pattern for knit beanies.
BevsCountryCottage2.com Knit cap.
CancerCant.com Knit hat.
Elann.com Knit hat.
MarnieMaclean.com Knit hat.
Berroco.com  Knit cap.
KnitList.com  Loose knit cap. 
MoreHouseFarm.com  Knit mushroom cap.
MarnieMaclean.com Knit cap.
Web.Archive.org  Knit cap.
KnitList.com  Loose fitting cap.
Smariek.BlogSpot.com  The is beautiful.   Click here to down load pattern
TiaJudy.com  Knit ribbed cap.
MielkesFarm.com Crocheted hats
YarnCat.com  Crochet cap.
ThinkingKnitter.com  Knit pattern for a Do-Rag.

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Nov 18, 2009 11:47PM chainsawz wrote:

Renee - thank you so much for putting together such a great list!  I put this link in my favorites :>  lisa

Lisa -mets to lungs & brain - clear lymph nodes.....the weakest step toward the top of the hill, toward sunrise, toward hope, is stronger than the fiercest storm. Dx 7/21/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 28, 2009 09:01PM Laurie09 wrote:

I got some hats from headcovers.com - good selection and some comfy knitted hats.

Laurie Dx 2/20/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 7/12 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 03/12/2009 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol Surgery 08/28/2009 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent), Nipple reconstruction (Right) Radiation Therapy 10/05/2009 External Hormonal Therapy 11/05/2009 Tamoxifen
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Nov 29, 2009 09:32PM BooBee wrote:

Thank you for your impute Laurie.

TCX6, 33 rads, Hister in 05, oopher 09, recon lift, Tamox, Femera Dx 9/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2009 09:36PM Lisa1964 wrote:

Planet Buff is THE BOMB!  I lived in those things when my hair was falling out.  It was the only thing that kept me from leaving hair all over the house worse than my golden retreiver!

I attacked and I won! www.JohnnyRebelAcres.com Dx 8/28/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 29, 2009 10:09PM BooBee wrote:

The Buff is also one of my favorites.  Now that my hair is growing back I use it as a head band when I'm hiking. 

TCX6, 33 rads, Hister in 05, oopher 09, recon lift, Tamox, Femera Dx 9/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2009 11:10PM PS73 wrote:

I agree, matter of fact, my planet buff head cover is sitting right here bc I just took it off.  Its the most comfortable to wear around the house, I have two and wear them all the time.  They were great this summer in the heat as well bc the material wicks away sweat.  The franceluxe scarves are beautiful and you get a special one free except there is an opening in the back which exposes your scalp.  I told them and they shipped me a free head band to cover the area.  Very nice people.  Payless has cotton scarves that are really inexpensive and they look casual, hip and nice.  I would wear the long scarves and tie them to the side, braiding them down the front of my outfit and you can decorate them with pretty vintage pins from antique stores.  I put a pin at the tie site and got lots of compliments.  Also I would put a vintage pin on the top of the scarf  in the frontto give it a bias edge. 

"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” Dx 4/23/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 10, 2009 05:30PM CoolBreeze wrote:

I ordered the Survivor Buff, because I'm a fan.  My hair hasn't fallen out yet but it's getting kind of dry and frizzy so I've been wearing it.  Lots of people ask me if I was on Survivor, he he.  :)  I say no,but I AM a survivor.  :)

Here is a tip I learned in the Look Good, Feel Better class.  It sounds weird but looks good.

Take an old, soft tee shirt.  Cut it off across,below the arms so you have a tube shape.  Put the hem edge of one side against your forehead with the rest going behind you.   At the nape of the neck, make a figure 8 with the two parts that come down.  Twist them and roll it up around your forehead from the back.  Tada, you have a turban.  Cheap, looks like one you buy in the store and soft.

If I can find visuals I'll post them.

Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com .....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IV Dx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 30, 2009 07:53PM catwrangler wrote:

I loved the 2 wraps I got from ABonita Scarves (abonitascarf dot com).  The piping around the front panel of the scarf gives the impression of fullness, and it has a D-ring and snap method of closure that prevents the scarf from slipping around.  Most of them are cotton, so they are washable and they breathe--which is nice when it's too hot or I have a hot flash. 

Dx 8/10/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 3, 2010 10:14PM Bethie1 wrote:

I was able to get a free wig from the American Cancer Society http://www.acs.org as well as bandanas and cotton head coverings from a local place helping cancer patients in the Capital District area of New York--I live in Albany.  It's http://www.tolife.org

Feel free to go to either site and see what they have. ToLife has lots of alternatives to wigs.  Give it a try if you like.

Bethie

Dx 12/18/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 5/24 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 3, 2010 10:23PM BreastCancerDiva wrote:

When I was in chemo last year, I found the website tznius dot com.    They sell clothing to women who wish to dress modestly, but they have a great selection of scarves and instructions for how to tie them.    The first time I ventured out of my house in a scarf instead of a wig, a young girl stopped me in the mall and asked me if I could tell her how I tied my scarf.   She said her mother had breast cancer and she was having a really difficult time dealing with the hair loss but that my scarf looked so good she wanted to show her Mom!    (I offered to take it off and show her how it was done, but she didn't think she needed that much instruction!!!)

Robyn

8 rounds chemo, bi-lateral mast (May 09) and 33 rounds of radiation. Delayed DIEP with Dr. Dellacroce on 12/2/09. Stage 2 on 3/25. Stage IV Metastatic disease diagnosed 9/2/10. Currently on Taxol, Avastin and Zometa. Dx 8/2/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 14/33 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 8, 2010 03:34AM cammy2 wrote:

What a sweetheart you are to put this list together!  Thank you Renee.

You will certainly make a wonderful grandmother!

Cammy

Dx 10/15/2009, ILC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 1, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 19, 2010 09:15AM 1bmore wrote:

Thanks so much for this list. I also want to let everyone know that I just received a hat package from Heavenly Hats and OMG they were amazing.  I got 3 hats from them and they were high quality and are just what I needed.  Reading that this organization was started by someone so young and is still continuing, I will hold my own "hat parade" in Baltimore to help support them! This is a fabulous resource.

I also wanted to add 3 others to this list that I have used and happily endorse and encourage others to contact:

www.happyheadwraps.com - I got 2 headwraps from them and they are stylish and warm and the owners of the company, Ellen and Laura and wonderful.

www.chemoangels.net - another great group

www.slumbercap.com - I got a few of their slumbercaps to see how they would work during the night as what I was using kept coming off and during the night my head would alternate between hot and cold and these worked wonderfully.  I also wear them during the day and they are so comfy that I forget that I have them on.

Hope these can help as well.

Cheers - Kimberly - 1bmore 

Dx 7/7/2009, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIb, ER+, HER2-
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Jan 19, 2010 02:48PM MRSROCKYTOP55 wrote:

Wow, what a wonderful list and I tired just imagining all the time spent researching this.  I am currently receiving treatment here is Costa Rica and have been making scarves and getting donations from friends and family in the U.S. to bring to the government hospital where I receive my treatment.  I am leaving tomorrow morning to work at a seminary in the southern zone of the country but when I return in a few days I am going to look into any of these that may donate.  There is such a great need here for all items related to breast cancer.  Thank you for all the work you have done.  If you remember which ones were willing to donate new or used items please PM me as that may save me some time.  God Bless, Kathy

Dx 11/17/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 9/24/2013, ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 21, 2010 10:56AM MelsDaughter wrote:

Thank you all for the time that has gone into this list. Here is another site that I found..

 http://www.hatsforyou.net/servlet/StoreFront

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Jan 21, 2010 11:15PM BooBee wrote:

Kathy....Heavenlyhats.com and FranceLuxe.com both offer free head coverings.  I can't believe there aren't more companies offering this.

Hugs

TCX6, 33 rads, Hister in 05, oopher 09, recon lift, Tamox, Femera Dx 9/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2010 08:41PM teemee wrote:

ReneeS, Thank you so much for the list. I will be bald in a month so I'm definitely looking around. One site I found that had some great-looking stuff is www.topsyturban.com. I haven't tried them though so I can't vouch for quality & comfort, but they look comfy.

Thanks again!

Dx 11/6/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2010 11:59PM BooBee wrote:

Thanks Teemee, These have some of the best prices I've seen.

TCX6, 33 rads, Hister in 05, oopher 09, recon lift, Tamox, Femera Dx 9/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2010 11:24AM , edited Apr 7, 2010 04:16PM by Laura2009

I just finished my last chemo treatment and I live near Chicago (so a cold climate!).  When I didn't wear a wig, I ended up wearing heavenly fleece hats from Lands End Overstocks most often over the past couple of months.  They are very comfy and the price is right -- I checked in every week or so and would buy the colors available for $4.99 (the prices and available colors fluctuate).

If you register, you'll get constant emails with free shipping codes.  I have also called their 800 number to request a free shipping code and have always received one.  You can even get a whopping 3% back through ebates!

I have no connection with Lands End ... just thought I'd share a very reasonably priced and comfy hat option.eta:  Be sure to look in overstocks!  They also have the current years heavenly fleece hats in the regular section for 3x more.

Diagnosis: 7/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-. Oncotype 22. Chemo tx - TCx4 Rad tx 33x Tamoxifan next?
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Feb 4, 2010 03:13PM 5graces wrote:

headcovers.com was the one I used the most and I was very pleased with everything....they have lots to select from. 

Dx 2/14/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 10, 2010 12:25PM lafemmejenn wrote:

I'm not sure I saw this on the list, so forgive me if it's already mentioned.  I went through chemo during summer months and found all head coverings, wigs, scarfs, etc., to be overheating.  That may not apply, now, but I would still recommend the following site because the hats are very stylish, and they have winter-warming options as well.  You'll almost want to wear them after your hair grows back!!!  I said, almost.  Anyway, here it is:  www.domadesigns.com.
Jennifer
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Feb 19, 2010 06:19PM bbd wrote:

Laura2009-

Bless you for the tip on Land's End overstocks. I hate my wig and today I got 4 perfect hats from Land's End for less than 20 bucks with free shipping.What a great tip.

Barbara

Dx 10/15/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 19, 2010 06:29PM shiny wrote:

I loved the hats from headcovers, all were lovely quality affordable and you can move/shape them nicely to suit your mood or frame the face. Very flattering. I now have a full head of long hair (tri neg- ended chemo in Nov 2007, but I still like the hats enough to wear them now, and get compliments on them every time. They wash really well also, so it was great as I never used a hat but I wore their cotton knitt ones inside and out.  Their winter lined caps are beautifully made also, but they can't be rolled down at the back of the neck like the roll style knitts so they were slightly less covering. Saying that, I use the knitt lined winter caps now all the time.

xx Good luck to you all.

Shiny

Dx 5/2007, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 25, 2010 03:17PM Luah wrote:

Another idea... For anyone with long hair, I would highly recommend considering hip hats with hair  www.hatswithhair.com.  You can use your own hair to make a hairpiece to wear during and after chemo.  That's what I did, and I can tell you that besides looking good and being easy to throw on, it is a great psychological boost to wear your own hair. I have a nice wig I wear for good (and client meetings), and hats and scarves, but my own hair (with a baseball cap or scarf) is what I use the most.     

We've been through some things together/With trunks of memories still to come/Long may you run (Neil Young). Lx, ALND, 4 DD AC &12 weekly Taxol, 31 rads, completed Jul 10 Dx 9/14/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 27, 2010 10:29PM BooBee wrote:

That's a great idea Luah. Thanks for sharing.

TCX6, 33 rads, Hister in 05, oopher 09, recon lift, Tamox, Femera Dx 9/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 14, 2010 01:55PM Mybails wrote:

For those who sew - Mccalls has a pattern 4116 that has around 6 different styles - turban, scarf and hat.  I bought over the weekend.  And then went shopping for fabric that made me feel good.  the shopping made me fell like I was taking control and the sewing will keep mind occupied until my chemo starts.

Life is what you make it and I'm making mine LONG!! Dx 2/11/2010, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 27, 2010 05:27PM momtomygirls wrote:

Has anyone tried the "headband wig"?  I saw it on headcovers.com and was curious about it.  I always were my hair in a headband or ponytail so thought this may be a good option for me.

If anyone has one, I'd appreciate your thoughts!

Dx 7/21/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 9, 2010 11:59AM MelBell07 wrote:

Does anyone know of a place that has the scarves that fit over your head, but have the little ties, or "tails" as I like to call them, in the back? Sometimes you can just tie a bow, but I like to tie a knot and bring it back over my head and tie another knot and twist the rest of the ties around. I'm going to a wedding soon, and I like those scarves best. Thanks!!

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." Dx 2/18/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2010 08:41PM Carrol2 wrote:

This is great thanks so much for the resource.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 08/09/2010 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent), Nipple reconstruction (Both) Chemotherapy 10/05/2010 Cytoxan, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 02/03/2011 Tamoxifen
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Sep 11, 2010 09:30PM ABonitascarf wrote:

www.abonitascarf.com Bonita a breast cancer survivor found a need for a comfortable, fashionable solution for hair loss and for activities like boating, biking, riding in convertibles, swimming, going to the gym. She designed a unique four in one fashion headscarf made of 100%cotton(exclusive of decoration) that snaps and stays on! You get four great looks with no tying needed. They come with an instruction hang tag booklet that shows you how to wear it.  Bonita is donating 5% of all internet sales to the American Cancer Society from Sept 1, 2010 thru October 31, 2010.  To get a $3.00 discount on your order type in coupon code B2150 at checkout on the shop tab at www.abonitascarf.com
Bonita Dx 12/12/2003, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR-
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Sep 11, 2010 09:32PM ABonitascarf wrote:

I am glad you enjoy your ABonita Scarf, we just got some new fun prints in! Type in coupon code B2150 at checkout for $3.00 off your order!

Bonita

Bonita Dx 12/12/2003, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR-

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