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.

PATIENT ADVOCATES- THE FLOUR IN THE CAKE

As my Mom continues to suffer the side effects of a fluoroquinolone drug,  I am more convinced than ever of the importance of patient advocates, especially for the elderly.  Mom has Lymphoma, the bad kind,  but her symptoms today – confusion, anxiety, and disorientation are not related...
February 2nd, 2011 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

BALD RESOLUTION

Have you ever noticed how certain topics completely dominate the news at specific times of the year?  Just look back at the headlines for October, when even the most passionate breast cancer advocates were “pinked out” by Halloween. As 2011 approaches, if you haven’t made some form of resolution...
January 19th, 2011 | 4women.com | Read More

BALD ADOLESCENT INSPIRATION

Think teenager.  Stereotype flash!  Techno-addicts, outrageous dress, face piercings, casual disrespectful comments, defiant, drama queens.  Now think again.  Think caring, think loving, think socially responsible, think bald, think Georgia Barlow. Upon seeing her debate coach/Year 8 teacher...
January 19th, 2011 | Cancer Blogs | Read More

VITAMIN D – THE NEWEST SUPER NUTRIENT

At one of my last endocrinologist visits, the doctor suggested I have my Vitamin D levels tested, stating that Vitamin D deficiency is nearly universal these days. What!? This is not Seattle and I don’t just live in the Sunshine State.  I play tennis, golf, run, walk the dogs, and swim, all in...
December 22nd, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs, News, Opinion | Read More

HOLIDAY BLAWG

How does one put the “merry” into Merry Christmas or the “happy” into Happy Holidays when your Mother has received a diagnosis of DLBCL  (Diffuse Large-B-Cell Lymphoma) two weeks before Christmas? I recently wrote about the seemingly dismissive attitudes of doctors when dealing with intermittent...
December 20th, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

Why Loving the Mojo Pills Is Not Loving Ourselves

[Guest blogger, Michelle Young is the Research and Communications Director at 4Women.com.  She has done extensive research on the emotional impacts of medical hair loss and women’s health issues.] I need a name.  Not a name for a puppy, a head scarf, or a blog post.  I need a name for the deficit...
November 21st, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

HAIR FOLLICLES ON ICE

The phone lines at Penguin Cold Caps are ringing off the hook, or in business speak, “we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls due to our appearance on Good Morning America”.  While the producer/supplier of the cold caps was not named in the GMA story, the idea that an icy head cap...
November 21st, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

CANCER CANNOT HAVE MY HAIR

It’s as if cancer aims to take everything from us – our organs, our body parts, our health, our energy, our confidence, but some women are determined NOT to let cancer take their hair.  Women often feel a need to assert some control over their bodies and the many unwelcome changes that come...
October 29th, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

Team Attitude Reaches Altitude

I wrote a blog back in August of 2009 to raise awareness of and support for 4 brave women climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in their personal mission to raise funding for breast cancer research.  They’re back in the UK now, having surpassed their fundraising goal of 20,000 pounds.  Congratulations ladies!!! ...
October 22nd, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More

KNOWLEDGE -IS IT POWER OR PARANOIA?

In my two years and counting researching and writing for 4Women.com, I have learned more than I maybe ever wanted to know about hair loss and cancer.  Along the way, a question has been repeated to me by new employees – “don’t you start feeling paranoid thinking about this stuff all the...
October 22nd, 2010 | 4women.com, Cancer Blogs | Read More