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Know someone going through chemo? Here’s what NOT to say!

22 Sep

Do you know someone going through chemotherapy? offers some advice about how best to support them through their treatment. You may be surprised how your well intended comments may not have their intended effect. Keep Calm … and read on.

keep-calm-shhhh“Many people undergoing chemo have similar experiences—well-meaning friends and family who are unsure of what to say, inadvertently causing the chemo patient to feel, well…worse.

And Patricia Farrell, a psychologist in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, says hearing comments that make you feel badly can actually have an impact on your health. “Negative thoughts, even those brought on by other people’s careless remarks, can lower your immune system,” says Farrell, author ofHow to Be Your Own Therapist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Back Your Life. ‘Unfortunately, many women feel obligated to be accommodating and fail to insist on boundaries in conversations.’

If you’re speaking with someone who is currently undergoing or recently underwent chemo treatments, unintentionally negative remarks are easy to avoid if you know which topics should be off-limits. Stay away from:

  1. False compliments
  2. Comparisons
  3. Death and limitations
  4. Anxiety-provoking comments
  5. Treatment woes”

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2015 Day of Service-Saturday, September 26th


The Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc.’s Bag It for the Cause Day of Service is PWCF’s annual service initiative to assemble and to distribute free Barb’s Bagof Care & Comfort chemotherapy bags to cancer treatment infusion centers for female chemo patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

This year, Bag It for the Cause is Saturday, September 26, 2015. Barb’s Bag Ambassadors will lead gatherings in six cities: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Phoenix. Join us as a volunteer, donor or sponsor to Bag it for the Cause!

About BAG IT™ for the CAUSE Day of Service

The 2015 Sponsors & Patrons



Remembering Barbra’s Light & Legacy on Mother’s Day

11 May
Photo credit: TME

Photo credit: Tonya M. Evans 2012

This Mother’s Day is not only a day of celebration and connection but also of reflection and restoration (and if you’re lucky … REST!).

Today’s holiday is yet another divine opportunity to reset your intention, repair your relationships, and check in on your health and well-being from the inside out.

The inevitability of death for us all is a reminder to authentically assess how we are living each day; in fact, each moment. Want to keep getting what you’re getting? Keep doing what you’re doing. If not, choose a different course.  Continue reading

Grief and loss resources & support when we lose a loved one to cancer

10 Dec

As has become painfully obvious to us as we reflect on the life and loss of Barbra Watson-Riley, losing a loved one to cancer can be a painful and difficult time.

I came across this grief and loss guide from the American Cancer Society that explains and explores the grieving process and offers tips that may help you cope with loss and grief in your own life.

Topics include:

Click here to down the full PDF version of the American Cancer Society Grief & Loss Guide

Love & light,

Tonya, PWC admin

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