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My Cancer Family
We are so happy to have received such great feedback from so many of you and so appreciate you all passing this along.  We know we can support anyone on a cancer journey in ways a doctor doesn't or can't... (we love doctors, nurses and their teams, but they can't do everything!) 
This week we want to share news & information with you and for you!
  • Co-Founder news!
  • Non-profit help you may not know about!
  • A brand that gives back and helps those on a cancer journey!
  • Tips from a Survivor!
  • Plus, we want to hear from you!
ANNOUNCING My Cancer Family Co-Founder
Last week, I shared a little bit about myself, and My Cancer Family, and now I'd like to introduce you to my Co-Founder, Colleen Sellers. Like so many of you, Colleen is supporting a family member on a cancer journey and still feels the deep loss of her beloved Nana over 30 years ago from colon cancer.   
Colleen is married and a mom of 2. She was an award-winning global executive at Johnson & Johnson for 15 years, lived in Singapore and has been a CMO for the last 4 years at healthtech start-ups leading marketing and sales teams .She has an MBA (thank goodness) from Kellogg and is originally from Chicago.  
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Hi! This is Colleen. I’m beyond thrilled to join Denise to bring My Cancer Family to life. In 8th grade, I lost my Nana. Every year, I spent the summer with her in the suburbs of Boston and in Maine. She was my most beloved. Even now as I write this tears fall down my face. I know she has watched over me as my angel and seen my wonderful children and loves my husband and extended family as much as I do, but I will always wish she could be here to see the cousins play together and grow up. My daughter is named after her and my work with My Cancer Family is in honor of her. It is a true blessing to bring My Cancer Family to life with Denise and help all those impacted from Cancer have the support they need on this journey. 
We are really excited about what we are doing here and can't wait to 
continue to add to our team.
Sharing IS Caring!
Let's get started right away!  We love to share tidbits, hacks and wisdom we learned along the way and also want to hear from you. 
Your experience will help others, so please reply to this email with your cancer hacks or a piece of wisdom, or companies or non-profits that helped you!  
I will read and respond to all and if you would like to be included anonymously, that’s fine too!
A Safe Place to Search 
My Cancer Family is MAKING STRIDES
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We are making strides together.  Welcome to My Cancer Family's first partnership!  We can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks, but we wanted to make sure you knew some of the programs offered to cancer patients through ACS.
Does anyone you know need FREE support from a trained cancer specialist? Does anyone you know need FREE LODGING while being treated?  American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.  There are more than 30 locations around the US and PR.  Please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information about lodging assistance.

Giving All Around
Do you know someone who needs to Rock their Treatment?
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Rock the Treatment enables you to support your friends or loved ones with cancer in a meaningful way. Send a thoughtfully curated care package filled with high quality products recommended by doctors and survivors, that ease the side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Every gift basket aims to nourish mind and body, and is lovingly packed with items that boost energy and the immune system, as well as reduce stress and discomfort. Rock the Treatment gives back by donating a portion of proceeds to other cancer organizations, and providing those in need with a free cancer gift box.
My Cancer Family friends & family will receive a special 10% off discount using the code mycancerfamily10
More Than Surviving
When I was going through treatment, a mom, a complete stranger on the playground at my son’s school had read my story and came up to me and handed me a piece of paper and said, here’s notes I took while I was going through chemo.  Her survivorship and passing along her wisdom is one of the inspirations behind My Cancer Family.  Thank you Mindy.  Your note was so comforting, so helpful and just what I needed.  Because of you, this newsletter will continue to share survivor stories, hacks and info that 
may help others.
Here’s a few pieces of info from Mindy’s notes for those who need it.  We will 
continue to share more, and please reply to this email to share your own survivor stories, hacks and notes!
This is probably going to be a long list, and some of it probably won’t apply to you, but hopefully you find some of it helpful.
Mindy's General Tips
  • You will not be able to read or focus on anything with print for more than a few minutes.  Rent/watch movies or tv instead.  We had a small 13” tv in our room that had a DVD player, no cable.  I watched DVDs a lot and often the same ones over and over again. 
  • Wherever you are resting, make sure you have tissues (see hair loss side effect), water, phone/cellphone and remote.
  • Take your meds, even if you feel ok.  If you don’t, you’ll feel so bad you’ll remember to take them the next time.  Also, you’ll need to take a set of meds before each treatment, make sure to take them.
  • Rest as much as you can.  It’s not as easy as it sounds, but if you feel tired, lay down.
  • Take a walk every day, even if it’s only to the corner and back.  You need to keep moving.  If you’re really tired, have someone walk with you so you can lean on them.
  • (to be continued….)

A Place To Call Home During A Cancer Journey
As a reminder, or in case you are new to us, My Cancer Family will be the safe place to go for community, support, resources and help…Everything from getting to the right non-profit that offers FREE programs to helping with nutrition to tutorials for how to put on eyelashes, to sharing wisdom we learned (like why your nose may run all the time), to connecting anyone with a survivor who knows and understands.
Find, Share & Unite
We want to support you and everyone you know who has had cancer, is going through treatment, or is newly diagnosed and their families and anyone who is affected by Cancer.
Cancer Sucks.  F*** Cancer. We Hate Cancer. 
We know this already.  We can’t change that for you. 
We CAN change your journey. 
We WILL make it easier and better.
We are YOUR Cancer Family.
Stay Positive,  
Denise & the My Cancer Family family