Important Resources for Breast Cancer Survivors

From the moment I began my complimentary Warrior Goddess sessions for Breast Cancer Survivors, I knew these special women would forever change my life. I have photographed women at various stages in their diagnosis from those just diagnosed to 10-year survivors. When these survivors trust me to guide them through the process of boudoir photography and trying on lingerie, finding outfits that accentuate your best features, having your hair and makeup done they feel beautiful and pampered. They forget their scars. They forget that their body looks different. They forget that their hair is thinned or looks completely different. All they know is that THEY ARE FABULOUS. I guide them through the process and treat them like the goddesses they are.

Each and every woman has a powerful story of strength, reliance, and a renewed love of life and connection. I have felt so blessed to meet each and every one of these women and their stories of survival and strength has touched me deeply. As I began to give back to this community of women more and more businesses began to contact me regarding their services for survivors. I want to help in every way possible so I have put together a list of Amazing & Special resources for breast cancer survivors at every stage.

  • Ali’s Alliance – Provides geographical resources for individuals searching or what actions to take during diagnosis, battle and aftermath of cancer. The Mission of Ali’s Alliance is to connect cancer patients, cancer survivors and caregivers with the most current and relevant resources available regarding treatment and support close to home. Ali’s Alliance offers a free, user-friendly solution for providing this information to the people who need it.
  • American Cancer Society – Provides transportation, lodging, cancer information center, patient and caregiver resources and much more
  • American Breast Cancer Foundation – Provides education, advocacy, financial resources, support
  • Making Strides American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. They raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and Provide patient services
  • Beauty Beautique – Supplies wigs, scarves, hats, hair pieces (insurance may pay for wigs with a prescription for “cranial prosthetic”)   561-744-8803
  • Bluewater babes – Donates financial assistance to local women directly through their charity, Bluewater Babes Charitable Trust and Out of the Blue Fund
  • Breast Cancer Freebies – Supplies financial assistance info, free wigs, support groups, info on prosthetics, scholarships, retreats, and much more
  • Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc. – Donates financial assistance
  • CancerCare – Provides counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance
  • Coach Shannon Burrows – Is a Cancer Concierge. She leads cancer patients, survivors & caregivers through exercise and healthy living practices for optimal life through your cancer journey and beyond. She is a breast cancer survivor as well as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CETI). She combines her background, experience, knowledge to help you through your journey by educating, informing, empowering, and inspiring you
  • Healing Touch Buddies – Supplies energy therapy and support    561-741-1671
  • Jennifer Schosheim, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C – Is an Oncology Clinical Social Worker with Jupiter Medical Center who has a Virtual Breast Cancer Support Group   561-263-3659
  • Mady Moreno – Jupiter Medical Center – Financial Counselor  561-263-5080
  • Rosa Cosme – Jupiter Medical Center – Financial Counselor 561-263-3820
  • NCCN: National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Provides national guidelines, education, events/programs, and research information
  • Your Bosom Buddies 11, Inc – is a Breast Cancer Support Group in the Western Community of Palm Beach County that provides educational, emotional and financial support to women in Palm Beach County
  • Susan G. Komen Florida – Provides support, resources, and financial resources
  • Secretly Yours – Supplies mastectomy bras, breast forms, shapers, bras, post-surgical ‘easy step in’ camisoles, lymphedema sleeves, hats, hair, turbans, and scarfs
  • Meghan Ross – Discount on lash extensions and microblading eyebrows (mention Rhea Lewis sent you)    561-332-7867
  • Adam Bee – Discounted mastectomy tattoos (mention Rebecca Monzon / Rhea Lewis sent you)
  • Fabien DeGuffroy, CMLDT – a massage therapist with 25 years of experience and a certified Lymphatic drainage therapist for the past 5 years. He is experienced anywhere from post-surgery healing to liposuction recovery    561-573-0695

These organizations and businesses along with mine have heartfelt approaches to helping cancer survivors at various stages of their cancer journey, and are available to help pick up where the doctors leave off. From financial assistance to alternative health and wellness support and services, this is a local listing that will be updated as we continue to learn about more resources in our area. With 1 in 8 women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, it is my sincere hope that this list can be a place of refuge for those facing cancer and for caregivers and friends and family of those whose lives are touched by this disease. As a community of women, we are stronger together, and with support and awareness of this disease and the resources available, we can uplift and ease the pain of our sisters.

Wendy's Fabulous WebCam Session

During this quarantine time, I found myself yearning to photograph and connect with the women in my community. It was as if part of me was missing more and more each day that I was away from the studio doing what I love with a camera in my hand. Now don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of busy work but the bond that I form with each woman that steps through my studio doors is powerful! I hadn’t realized how different I would feel not being able to see the way I empowered women through photography being in my life every week. So when I started to see the fabulous idea of FaceTime, WebCam, Virtual sessions, I knew this was the perfect way to not only re-connect with my clients but to uplift them from the boring routine of quarantine lockdown and to relieve some of the daily stress during this pandemic 
So I bet you are wondering, what is a #webcamsession or #facetime shoot or #virtualsession?  They are shoots done with your cell phone IN YOUR OWN HOUSE! It could be in your bedroom, in your master bathroom, in your shower, or even in your pool!  I get to go somewhere that YOU are comfortable with while I use all my knowledge of light, angles, and posing to create an awesome experience for YOU – all in your own home with a good internet connection.
One of the first clients to book one of these fabulous webcam sessions from their home with me is the stunning Mrs. W. She is a client, breast cancer survivor, mother, wife, friend, model, and confident role model in the community of Jupiter. She had previously done a boudoir session with me and we were just starting to discuss her next #boudoir when we were faced with this #lockdown. Below is what this fabulous lady had to say about her uplifting experience during our webcam session.
“Rhea and I had been planning a studio a session for quite some time and with the current situation, it’s been put on the back burner.  The WebCam idea seemed intriguing and a really nice distraction from the daily uncertainties brought on by COVID 19. 
The planning for the FaceTime shoot gave me something exciting to look forward to and was a chance to get dressed up and feel somewhat normal again. We scheduled my session for a Friday afternoon, so I kinda felt like I was getting ready for an exciting   “Date Night”!
Although this was a new platform for a photoshoot for me, Rhea was very reassuring! She is extremely confident in her ability and knows how to put you at ease. I even talked my husband into playing cameraman and it worked out great! He enjoyed being involved in the process and is thrilled with the pictures!! It was really quite romantic!
I was on such a high when we finished!  It’s a liberating feeling to be in the midst of all this pandemic funk and feeling beautiful, sexy, and free and in the moment! I couldn’t wait to see the pictures! What a positive memory to take away from this depressing lockdown period!! Thank you, Rhea, for a truly fabulous and remarkable afternoon!! The pictures are perfect and I’m amazed at what you can pull together in a small space!! Never would have imagined the bathroom shots!!” Testimonial from Mrs. W.
By doing these webcam shoots, it has given me renewed energy. My creativity has been pushed in such a fun way and I am truly enjoying connecting with women all over the United States. Out of necessity, we have found a way to not only survive but thrive. I can’t wait until the next special woman’s session…