Articles By: BeauBeau

I am the President of 4Women.com and designer of the newly patented BeauBeauR head scarf, a fashionable scarf specifically designed for women and girls. The Beaubeau unites the world of fashion with medical hair loss. 4Women.com's mission is to help women and girls cope with the emotional upheaval of medical hair loss with dignity and confidence and to advocate for greater understanding of the emotional impacts of medical hair loss among medical professionals and the public. I lost my hair quite suddenly in 2002 due to the autoimmune disease, Alopecia Universalis. Like so many women who experience hair loss, I suddenly found myself alienated and excluded from the worlds of feminine fashion and beauty. I channeled my fear and depression into a positive and proactive goal of ensuring that I and other women and girls with medical hair loss have a fashionable accessory that empowers us to step back out into the world with dignity, feeling confident and beautiful, not sick. I come from three generations of breast cancer survivors and am a BRCA2 gene carrier. At extreme risk for developing breast cancer, I made the bold decision to have my ovaries removed and undergo a prophylactic full mastectomy about nine years ago. A "pre-vivor," I am cancer-free, but very much empathize with women who lose their hair during chemotherapy. I strive to be a source of strength and hope for women and girls with medical hair loss.

GOING BEYOND THE GOLD FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER

Given my own family and personal history, I confess that I often focus on women’s cancers.  An email from a customer last year prompted me to take a closer look at children’s cancers and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I’ve always been slightly shattered by my conversations with...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

Cancer of the Breast Implant?

Ten years ago, I made a decision to follow up my mastectomies with silicone breast implants.  I was making my decision “back in the day” when insurance companies would pay for several opinions and more than one consultation.  I remember meeting with my plastic surgeon THREE times regarding my...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

NOTES FROM NCBC’s 21st ANNUAL BREAST CANCER CONFERENCE

With over 70 informational sessions to choose from, over 80 expert speakers, and over 800 breast health professionals from the U.S., Canada, and Europe in attendance, 4Women.com was honored to be part of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) 21st Annual Breast Center Conference.  We...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

Endocrine Disruptors – From Evidence to Action

We hear a lot (though far from enough) about “endocrine disruptors” and their impact on our health, but how many of us really understand what they are and what their relationship is to our health?  Given that we’re eating, breathing, and hosting them in our bottles, cups, cars, homes, foods,...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Uncategorized | Read More

LIFE HAS NEVER LOOKED SEXIER POST-MASTECTOMY

Shortly after my prophylactic mastectomies and then my hair loss, my husband’s job was relocated from Philadelphia to Florida.  Moving to a strange state with no hair AND no breasts, not knowing anyone for emotional support, was difficult at best.  Adjusting to the physical changes in my appearance...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com | Read More

Eyes in the Back of my Head

My Alopecia saga continues!  Seven years ago, I lost my hair to Alopecia Universalis.   Last year, my hair follicles began to sprout as if waking up from an altered state! My hair emotions have taken many twists and turns over the past year but now I’m settled into just plain resignation.  I’m...
June 2nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | Read More

Chemo Brain – Fact or Fiction?

Mom eats breakfast and moments later doesn’t know whether she’s eaten or not.  You might assume such memory loss is to be expected at age 89, but just 2 months ago, when she was also 89, her memory was better than mine. What caused such a rapid decline?  She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Uncategorized | Read More

CANCER BRINGS A ‘GOLD LINING’.

“Every cloud has a silver lining” is an idiom I’ve often heard but never really associated with any specific experience in my life.  I’ve probably used the expression in an effort to comfort someone else.  The expression has been used repeatedly in response to my story of hair loss and...
June 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com | Read More

CANCER BRINGS SPECIAL MOTHERS DAY AWARENESS

Mothers Day 2011 has come and gone.  Mother’s Day calendars are traditionally filled with breast cancer awareness and advocacy events  and has always been a day on which I join my sisters and other women in running for a breast cancer free future.  This year I spent my day dining in town with...
May 23rd, 2011 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

COME ON DOC – MY CHEMO CLOCK IS TICKING!

Do you ever contemplate the amount of time you spend doing mundane things in your life? Did you know that the average 69-yr-old American will have spent 120 full days waiting at red lights (8 minutes per day, 6x per week, 52 weeks/yr for 69 years = 41.6 hours per year).   Some of us spend an estimated...
May 23rd, 2011 | Cancer Blogs, Uncategorized | Read More