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Carole66
Carole66 Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi,

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last week. I have not started chemo yet but looking for a wig but my company has privately funded insurance so they do not have to follow CT state law and cover wig cost. Great. Of course I do not want to look like I have a rat on my head. Any places that offer free decent wigs since I cannot afford one.

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  • MyTurnNow
    MyTurnNow Member Posts: 2,686 Member
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    Carole, welcome to this
    Carole, welcome to this amazing site. I didn't purchase or wear a wig but I believe you can contact your local office of the American Cancer Society and they will provide a wig. I'm sure you will be hearing from some of the other ladies on this site real soon with even more information. Good luck to you and keep posting.
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181 Member
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    Wigs
    Call the american Cancer society.i got one at a boutique in a cancer hospital.I got a really nice one their.It looked like my own hair before Cancer.I also ordered a nice one from paula young wigs.When you call acs ask about the makeup class they offer.It is called look good,feel good class.They give you a really nice makeup kit.and show you ways to make it work for your skin.It was all name brand makeup.our skin changes alot while going through the treatments.The toll free number of ACS. should be in phone book or you can pull it up on the internet.Their is also a web sight I think it is called scarfs by laura.I don,t have the full web address but I am sure someone will have it on this sight.but this company will send you the most beatiful satin head wrap to wear free.I wish you the best of luck.you will find this sight very helpful.keep us posted on how you are doing. Pat.
  • pscheer
    pscheer Member Posts: 56 Member
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    ppurdin said:

    Wigs
    Call the american Cancer society.i got one at a boutique in a cancer hospital.I got a really nice one their.It looked like my own hair before Cancer.I also ordered a nice one from paula young wigs.When you call acs ask about the makeup class they offer.It is called look good,feel good class.They give you a really nice makeup kit.and show you ways to make it work for your skin.It was all name brand makeup.our skin changes alot while going through the treatments.The toll free number of ACS. should be in phone book or you can pull it up on the internet.Their is also a web sight I think it is called scarfs by laura.I don,t have the full web address but I am sure someone will have it on this sight.but this company will send you the most beatiful satin head wrap to wear free.I wish you the best of luck.you will find this sight very helpful.keep us posted on how you are doing. Pat.

    silk head wrap for free
    A free silk, hand painted scarf comes from www.franceluxe.com if you click on the Good Wishes tab once you get to the web site. It has a $70.00 value. There are many to choose from. You can email or call. They only asked if I was experiencing thinning or loss of hair and had I picked out which scarf I wanted yet. It takes a few weeks to get, but is well worth the wait.
  • MGNS
    MGNS Member Posts: 197 Member
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    I bought my wigs from
    I bought my wigs from Wigs.com
    They have many brands to choose from with varying prices. The brand I bought was the Raquel Welch brand which I just love. They are comfortable and have many styles with reasonable prices. They also have online coupons to use and special markdowns. I've had many complements on my hair and people not realizing I'm wearing a wig.
    Good luck!
  • laurissa
    laurissa Member Posts: 773
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    Hi Carole
    I got my wigs from the Cancer Society, Paula Young and TLC catalog. And remember don't bake with your wig on, I ruined 2 wigs that way. Opening the oven door will frizz it.
  • Sharon_D
    Sharon_D Member Posts: 55
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    laurissa said:

    Hi Carole
    I got my wigs from the Cancer Society, Paula Young and TLC catalog. And remember don't bake with your wig on, I ruined 2 wigs that way. Opening the oven door will frizz it.

    Baseball caps
    BC I always thought I looked like a big bug when I wore a baseball cap. After I lost my hair, I found out that I DO look like a big bug but I just didn't care!

    I have a ball cap in every color and on those days when I don't feel like messing with my wig, I just throw one of them on and I'm out the door.

    People don't look at me nearly as funny in a ball cap as they did after I met an elderly friend in KMart parking lot the other day. He wanted to see my "hair", so I plucked off my wig and showed him and then put it back on.

    After he hugged me four of five more times, I bounced into KMart. I noticed people were kind and helpful but looked at me a little funny.

    When I got back to the car, I noticed that my wig was, shall we say "slightly ajar"!

    At least they had something to talk about the rest of the day... that poor old lady who had her wig on cock eyed and didn't even know it!! LOL
  • dyaneb123
    dyaneb123 Member Posts: 950
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    Hey there
    I got a very nice

    Hey there
    I got a very nice wig from ACS. I just went in an asked and theylet look me look at all that they had and choose what I liked along with some scarves. I also ordered one from the TLC catalogue for $30.00 which is very nice. Also look in the wig shops. I got one for $15.00 on sale. I like to change them up on weekends for fun...
    Dee
  • quiltnut1950
    quiltnut1950 Member Posts: 4
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    wigs
    i received a wig at my hospital in the cancer support office. the cancer society can also help with one. at my cancer center they also have an office that has hats, wigs, scarves. as your doctor's office

    if they don't have help where you are maybe I can see about one. if you need help let me know. when you try on a wig with your hair make sure it is a little snug.

    regards
    Mary
  • dash4
    dash4 Member Posts: 303 Member
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    pscheer said:

    silk head wrap for free
    A free silk, hand painted scarf comes from www.franceluxe.com if you click on the Good Wishes tab once you get to the web site. It has a $70.00 value. There are many to choose from. You can email or call. They only asked if I was experiencing thinning or loss of hair and had I picked out which scarf I wanted yet. It takes a few weeks to get, but is well worth the wait.

    thanks for sharing..
    Wow! What a great website...just found out yesterday, I will be needing some scarfs and a wig, so thank you for telling us about the site...trying to get into the idea of my soon to be new look and it will be in time for my son's wedding. Oh well, there are worse things...
  • Kathy09
    Kathy09 Member Posts: 99
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    Discount Drug Mart
    I don't know what state you are in, but in Ohio there is a Drug store above that deals with wigs, they might be reasonable, and have a location in your area.
  • Kathy09
    Kathy09 Member Posts: 99
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    Discount Drug Mart
    I don't know what state you are in, but in Ohio there is a Drug store above that deals with wigs, they might be reasonable, and have a location in your area.
  • Kathy09
    Kathy09 Member Posts: 99
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    Another Place
    another place you can try is ebay
  • e_hope
    e_hope Member Posts: 370
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    THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
    THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DOES... contact them... :-) you can also ask you hospital... also there is the TLC cat. and if you google wigs you will find other places...

    I got a wig and only wore it like 3 times.. did the scarf thing... It was summer when i went through chemo and it was too dam hot under that thing..lol

    good luck
  • Emilyfimily
    Emilyfimily Member Posts: 141
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    e_hope said:

    THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
    THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DOES... contact them... :-) you can also ask you hospital... also there is the TLC cat. and if you google wigs you will find other places...

    I got a wig and only wore it like 3 times.. did the scarf thing... It was summer when i went through chemo and it was too dam hot under that thing..lol

    good luck

    headcovers.com
    Hi,
    I tried some wigs on, but I thought I just looked unnatural. I have a tiny face, and they all seem so....poofy. But, anyhow, so I don't have any wig advice for you, but I found a GREAT website where I've bought a ton of really awesome headscarves and hats from.
    www.headcovers.com
    They have some wigs, too, all fairly reasonable. They're the most reasonably price place with the best selection I've found for scarves and whatnot.
    Hope that helped a little.
    And hope you find just what you need to make you feel beeeeeeautiful! :)
  • pinkflutterby
    pinkflutterby Member Posts: 615 Member
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    dash4 said:

    thanks for sharing..
    Wow! What a great website...just found out yesterday, I will be needing some scarfs and a wig, so thank you for telling us about the site...trying to get into the idea of my soon to be new look and it will be in time for my son's wedding. Oh well, there are worse things...

    Wigit!!! Is where I bought
    Wigit!!! Is where I bought my wig, it was nearly $300 tho and the sad thing it I cant stand to wear it! lol Try to find a free one before you pay for one and see if you like it.
  • Nancy6290
    Nancy6290 Member Posts: 9
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    Hi
    Call ACS at 1-800-227-2345. Ask for the ACS office in your town. They will give you one for FREE. And much more, all kind of information and support.

    Good luck to you!
    Nancy
  • Darling
    Darling Member Posts: 11
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    hello
    I ordered my wig through a local beautician,i got real hair cause i liked 2 change colors & highlight it & keep hair looking as normal as possible,I could wear it curly or straighten it,no one ever knew it wasnt mine,my hair has grown back enough 2 wear the spiky look so i dont even wear it anymore,but it helped me feel somewhat better cause pep tend 2 stare or felt bad 4 me & i didnt want that,but anyway enough of me rattling on,I'd be more than hapy 2 give it 2 u or anyone else who wants it,cause ive been there done that,hope all goes well 4=)
  • heidijez
    heidijez Member Posts: 441
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    Nancy6290 said:

    Hi
    Call ACS at 1-800-227-2345. Ask for the ACS office in your town. They will give you one for FREE. And much more, all kind of information and support.

    Good luck to you!
    Nancy

    WIgs and ACS
    Actually, that's not true - I couldn't even get ACS to return my calls. When I called the 800 number, I was told there are no programs in my area - even tho I work in the Milwaukee area!!!
  • GrandmaJ
    GrandmaJ Member Posts: 209
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    WIgs
    I went to a woman who specialized in wigs for cancer patients. It cost me a lot, but since I work every day I needed a good one....been wearing it since August and still don't have enough hair to do without it. I was afraid if I bought a cheap one it wouldn't last. I wore hats/scarves around the house, though.

    Good luck in finding a nice one. It will make you feel better.

    Judy