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Where to find affordable wigs, turbans and headscarves for chemo patients


You may have just been told the news that no one wants to hear—you have cancer. You may feel frightened and wonder what lies ahead for you. You will need the support of your family, friends and community as you make decisions about your care and treatment process. If it is recommended that you will need chemotherapy, chances are that you are going to experience hair loss. If you are going to lose your hair during treatment, there are plenty of resources available to you for head coverings.

Some health insurance companies cover the cost of a wig or other headwear for cancer treatment patients, but if yours does not there are other options. Calumet Medical Center provides free wigs, turbans and headscarves for our chemotherapy patients; you can stop by Calumet Medical Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to try them on. St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center also have cancer navigators that are available to help in the search of wigs or anything else that you may need throughout your journey. These resources are just a phone call away, and the staff is both friendly and knowledgeable about the process.

There are several websites that offer help finding affordable head covers, such as The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or Tender Loving Care at www.tlcdirect.org. If you choose a wig, many of the salons in the area will cut and style your wig at no cost.

If you enjoy the outdoors, wigs, hats, turbans or scarves are important for protecting your head from sun exposure, especially in these hot summer months. How you look is certainly not as important as how you feel, but everyone deserves to feel confident and dignified, no matter what their health status is.

Cancer is the toughest fight many of us will ever face, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Calumet Medical Center has a cancer support group called C.A.R.E.S—Cancer Awareness, Resources, Education and Support Group. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call (800) 450-4042 ext. 2406 for more information.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Affinity Health System is pleased to honor health care volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12, 2014. Volunteers contributed more than 125,000 hours of service to Affinity Health System last year. Affinity’s volunteer programs offer many opportunities to meet the interests, skills and schedules of a variety of volunteers. Thank you volunteers! You make a difference in our workplace and the lives of those you serve.

Learn a little bit about volunteering at Affinity Health System and how much we appreciate our volunteers by watching these videos.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at Affinity Health System, visit: www.affinityhealth.org/volunteer

Information on volunteering can also be obtained by calling the volunteer services departments at:
Calumet Medical Center, Chilton
(920) 849-7540

Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh
(920) 223-0225

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton
(920) 738-2425

Seven reasons to attend Calumet Medical Center’s Night for Women event

womenOn Monday, Sept. 30 from 6 – 9:30 p.m., Calumet Medical Center will host its 11th annual Night for Women event with guest speaker Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Rebecca will speak about her battle with colon cancer and share her story about prevention, detection, career, motherhood and everyday life. Affinity Medical Group general surgeon Dr. Peter Janu will also speak about colon cancer and the technological advancements available at Calumet Medical Center.

Here are seven reasons why you should attend the event:

  1. To hear Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch’s story about her battle with colon cancer and have the opportunity to meet her
  2. To meet general surgeon Dr. Peter Janu and ask him questions regarding treatment options at Calumet Medical Center
  3. To have a chance to win a door prize and to receive the surprise in the goodie bags all attendees receive
  4. To enjoy a fun-filled and educational night out with other women
  5. To learn what some of the newer businesses and organizations in the area have to offer
  6. To snack from the free dessert and coffee bar
  7. To meet and greet with Calumet Medical Center’s two new providers, Jill Schaback, APNP and Jessica Jannette, ANP-BC

This is a great opportunity to get to know Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor on a more personal level, and gain some knowledge about prevention and detection tips for colon cancer. Being educated on this topic and knowing the resources available in your community is something you don’t want to miss out on. Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters or friends and enjoy an educational night out with other women!

The registration cost is $10. You can register online at: www.affinityhealth.org/nightforwomen or call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900. The event will be held at Chilton High School in the Engler Center for the Performing Arts building. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

Calumet Medical Center salutes local farmers by offering 12th Progressive Ag Safety Day

Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 1.36.59 PMDo you have a child who is between the ages of eight and 12 years old? If so, sign him or her up for a fun-filled day of learning during Calumet Medical Center’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. The event will take place on July 16 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Calumet County Fairgrounds in Chilton.

This year’s topics for demonstrations and discussions include:

  • CSI investigation
  • Tobacco awareness
  • Geocach treasure hunt
  • Water rescue/dive team
  • Home electrical safety
  • Making good decisions
  • Farm safety
  • Gardening
  • “Addie” the cow
  • Hunting safety

There will be a special opening performance by Move to the Groove. Cost is $10 per child and includes lunch, snacks, a t-shirt and take-home bag. For registration materials, please contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 or online here.

We hope to see your child there!

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