Summer Means Taking Precautions to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Although you need to protect your skin from the sun year-round, it’s especially important during the summer months. You may be spending more time outdoors, which increases your risk of skin cancer. This is especially true if you are a female or male breast cancer survivor, making you twice as likely to develop melanomas.

One way to reduce your risk of skin cancer is to research which brands of sunscreen use fewer harmful chemicals while providing good UV protection and purchase some. Every time you head outside, even if you’re just going to the store, wear sunscreen on every part of your body. This includes the tops of your ears, nose, and toes. Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses. Put on light-colored clothing, preferably a brand with built-in UV protection. If you plan to be in the sun for a prolonged time, wear a hat. Regularly check your skin for changes in the size, color or shape of moles or other areas of your body and skin. Schedule an annual screen with your dermatologist. If any biopsy or screening comes back with suspicious results, visit more frequently for a full-body screen.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, learn more about Chix 4 a Cause and our Gifts of Love program. Visit chix4acause.org today.

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Summer Means Taking Precautions to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Bags 4 Boobies Is June 8, 2018

Who: You, your family & friends and Chix 4 a Cause

What: Bags 4 Boobies bean bag toss tournament

Where: House of Heileman’s on Big Cedar Lake

When: Friday June 8, 2018 @ 5 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit Chix 4 a Cause

Bring your family & friends to Bags 4 Boobies at House of Heileman’s, 5723 W. Lake Drive, West Bend, WI on Friday June 8, 2018 @ 5 pm. Bean bag toss tournament begins @ 6 pm. Enjoy a designer hand bag auction, raffle, DJ, food truck and more! Two-person teams participating in the bean bag toss are $30 per team. Sponsorships for the event are available. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/973391326160647/?active_tab=discussion. Email Sherry Reiter at reiter.sherry@gmail.com to sign up your team, sponsor the event, donate a designer hand bag, or for more information. We look forward to seeing you at Bags 4 Boobies!

Bags 4 Boobies Is June 8, 2018

CANCER: Cancel All Negative-Conditioned Emotional Responses

Did you know that your thoughts have an effect on your emotions, behavior and, potentially, your cancer? Mind over matter may play a larger part in your healing than you think.

 Research shows that in many cases, the body is able to be cured through the mind. For instance, many people who take a placebo, or fake treatment, during a medical study experience specific, measurable effects on their brain and body. Placebo painkillers have been shown to trigger the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals in the brain. Patients with Parkinson’s disease often respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine. Fake oxygen given to a person at high altitude has been shown to decrease levels of prostaglandins, neurotransmitters that dilate blood vessels and are responsible for many symptoms of altitude sickness.

 In many cases, cancer patients go through treatment as a routine activity without focusing on their personal power to help with their health and healing. They often slip into survival mode when dealing with their cancer rather than talking about their belief in fighting the disease through their thoughts as well. 

 Along with getting proper medical treatment, implement into your life the acronym CANCER: Cancel All Negative-Conditioned Emotional Responses. These include automatic thoughts you may have throughout the day that say you are unable, unprepared, or unqualified to beat the disease. Although it’s OK to feel scared and disillusioned sometimes, put a limit on those emotions. Instead, focus on positive thoughts about getting cancer out of your body for good and leading a healthy, productive life again.

 If you or someone you know is battling cancer, contact Chix 4 a Cause to learn more about our Gifts of Love program. Visit chix4acause.org today.

CANCER: Cancel All Negative-Conditioned Emotional Responses

It’s OK to Laugh During Your Cancer Treatment

Although it’s normal to feel sadness, fear, anger, and other emotions during your cancer treatment, do you ever feel like laughing? It may not be as crazy as it sounds.

Humor can be an effective mechanism for coping with cancer. You can allow yourself a short amount of time to feel sad, scared, and angry, but don’t let those emotions run your life. Cancer won’t go away by crying or screaming about it. Instead, take a different approach.

Because cancer is in your body, it’s your journey and your choice how to deal with it. Why not choose to laugh about it?

You can start by laughing at the little things. There is always humor in the mundane events of everyday life. Also, have fun with your treatments. For instance, rather than seeing whether her hair would fall out as a side effect, one cancer patient asked a friend to shave the cancer patient’s head, then take pictures of her holding clumps of hair with her hands on the sides of her head, acting as though she was so angry that she ripped out her hair. Plus, you can lighten everyone’s mood by helping others laugh with and at you. For instance, one cancer patient mentioned the time when she put her house keys in the refrigerator, and another time when she left corn on the cob in a cold oven for days because of chemo brain. Another cancer patient joked about how she had reconstruction after a mastectomy and had to have her implants filled back up weekly in a doctor’s office, which not every woman has the opportunity to experience.

Although cancer is not funny, how you deal with it can be. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, get in touch with Chix 4 a Cause. Learn about our Gifts of Love program, including Gifts of Love Boxes, and ongoing emotional support for cancer patients. Visit http://www.chix4acause.org today.

It’s OK to Laugh During Your Cancer Treatment

Cindyrella Classic Is May 12, 2018

Who: You, your female family & friends, and Chix 4 a Cause

What: Cindyrella Classic

Where: Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, WI

When: Saturday May 12, 2018 from 9 am – 2 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit Chix 4 a Cause

Gather up your mom, sisters, daughters, aunts, female cousins and girlfriends for a Mother’s Day Weekend, women-only bike ride at a leisurely pace. Wear a tutu, tiara, or repurposed bridesmaid dress and be treated like a princess for this fun 10- or 24-mile bike ride along the relatively flat and paved Eisenbahn Trail and bike-friendly roads in West Bend, WI. Enjoy the post-ride party at MOWA with entry to Trek’s bike exhibit, a silent auction, beverages and snacks.

Women 16 years & older are $28.00. The registration fee increases on Wed May 9, 2018. T-shirts are available at an additional cost when you register. Children 15 and under are FREE but must be registered.

Children are encouraged to wear their favorite tutu, cartoon character or super hero outfit. Ensure that pant legs, capes, stoles, wings and other decorations are secure and will not get caught in the spokes or gears of a bike.

Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/2037528729827586/. For more information, visit https://www.wisconsinwomencycling.com/event-2822605.

Non-riding women and men are encouraged to volunteer and cheer! We look forward to seeing you there!

Cindyrella Classic Is May 12, 2018

Focus on the Little Things That Bring You Joy

How often do you stop and enjoy the little things in life that make you happy? Perhaps it’s seeing your dog roll around in the grass, savoring coffee, tea or wine, or watching the sun slowly set. Maybe you enjoy reading a good book, feeling a baby’s skin against yours, or hugging a loved one. It might be smelling summertime flowers, feeling the sun’s warmth, or dancing to upbeat music.

These everyday activities often mean the most. You don’t need anything special to experience them. You simply have to seek them out and enjoy.

Finding joy in the little things is especially important for cancer patients. Use your senses to smell the flowers, taste the beverage, see the sunset, feel the grass, and hear the music. Spend as much time as possible with your family and friends. Cancer or not, life is too short not to enjoy the simple things that bring you pleasure.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, contact Chix 4 a Cause to learn more about our Gifts of Love program. Visit chix4acause.org today.

Focus on the Little Things That Bring You Joy

Spring Bling: A Diva Thing Is April 26, 2018

Who: You, your family & friends, and Chix 4 a Cause

What: Spring Bling: A Diva Thing

Where: The Diva Group – West Bend’s Specialty Shops, Downtown West Bend, WI

When: Thursday April 26, 2018, 12-9 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit Chix 4 a Cause

Attention ladies! Enjoy a day or night out shopping, eating, and drinking while supporting a great cause. The fun starts in downtown West Bend, WI at noon with a trolley transporting you around from 3-9 pm. The Diva Group, composed of more than 20 specialty shops, is providing discounts on select items and donating proceeds to Chix 4 a Cause. Welcome Center is at Xpressions Yarn, Bead & Gift Boutique. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/581367115564675/?active_tab=about.

We look forward to seeing you!

Spring Bling: A Diva Thing Is April 26, 2018