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Capital region breast cancer support & awareness

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Women smiling in support of breast cancer education

Amid this global health crisis, To Life! is committed to serving the Greater Capital Region and surrounding communities.

During this time of isolation, we will continue to support the needs of breast cancer survivors, those in active treatment, and beyond. We are closely monitoring the situation, following the Govenor's guidelines and carefully planning for the day that we can restore in-person meetings safely.

 

While our office is temporarily closed to the public, please feel free to reach out to any of our staff by email or phone and we will do all we can to accommodate your needs. 

Our Office phone is 518-439-5975. Messages are checked daily and returned as promptly as we are able. 

All staff members, including our boutique fitters, are working remotely at this time and are happy to assist you. 

 

Eileen Bird, Executive Director – ebird@tolife.org

Chris Breton, Assistant Director – cbreton@tolife.org

Melanie McCulley, Support Services Manager – mmcculley@tolife.org

Emily Pratt, Executive Assistant – epratt@tolife.org

General email – info@tolife.org

  

We keep a list of updated Stay at Home Tools and Resources to help you manage your physical, emotional, and social health during Quarantine.

We also provide daily articles on FaceBook and in our Blog. Both are wonderful resources while we all adjust in this time of uncertainty. 

 

We may look a little different for a while, but we're still here for you. 

  

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To Life! Support and Education Services

To Life! was founded in 1998 by a breast cancer survivor who understood first-hand the uncertainty, questions and needs faced by those dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.  Her vision was to create a local, independent, grass-roots organization which would serve our community right here in the Capital District.  We strive to provide the information and resources you need and to help you thrive in your new normal.

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Helping You Thrive

To Life’s priority is to connect you with resources and information so that you can make informed choices and work in partnership with your healthcare providers.

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Wigs, Hats & Scarves

To Life!’s boutiques offer an extensive selection of stylish and comfortable wigs.  You can count on our professional staff to give you the time, care and attention you deserve.

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Mastectomy Bras & Prosthesis

If you’ve undergone surgical procedures, you have many options.  To Life!’s personalized fitting services include a wide variety of mastectomy bra styles, colors and sizes, as well as post-surgical garments.

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Wellness Programs

To Life! offers a wide range of wellness programs designed to offer you free-of-charge opportunities to experience the benefits of these complementary therapies.  Examples include massage, reiki, yoga and more.

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Support Groups & Mentoring

To Life! support and mentoring programs provide the emotional support you may need in a warm and safe environment. 

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Breast Health Workshops

To Life!’s Breast Health Workshops Instructors provide one-on-one and group instruction on breast health, including clinical screening, self-advocacy, performing self-exams, and information on breast cancer risk factors and risk reduction strategies.

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Honoring the past, treasuring the present, empowering the future.

To Life! was founded to provide our community with breast cancer information and services for patients, families and friends. Your health is very important to us. We recognize that good information will improve your relationship with your health provider and lead to better decisions about your care. We welcome the opportunity to assist during and after active treatment.

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Most Frequently Asked Wig Questions
By Alice Dunican, Wig Fitter at To Life!

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Tips from the Trenches When Facing Chemotherapy
From CancerConnect & Maven Health Networkhttps://news.cancerconnect.com/survivorship/tips-from-the-trenches-when-facing-chemotherapy-qkeiA88baUOq03Dd-VDxEQ

When Roxanne Brown was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she often found herself wading through piles of information and endless online resources in an attempt to find answers to questions about her treatment and the related side effects. Read More

An Open Letter to My Patient on the Day of Her Mastectomy
Niki, your Nurse Practitioner First Assistant on the Surgical Teamhttp://www.thewebelongproject.com/blog/open-letter-mastectomy-patient

Today is the day. I am a member of the surgical team who will take care of you -- the team that will remove your breast to treat the cancer that has tried to make a home in your body. We all have our role today, and the world would see yours to be the "patient." I see it as something more: a powerful gift to us. Read More

Fast Breast MRI Seems to Find More Cancers in Dense Breasts Than 3D
https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/fast-mri-better-than-3d-mammo-for-dense-breasts

A 10-minute breast MRI exam called Fast Breast MRI found more cancers than 3D mammograms in women with dense breasts, according to a study. The research was published on Feb. 25, 2020, by the journal JAMA. Read More

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