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Fibond Hair Loss Treatment {Review}

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My little brother was diagnosed with cancer when he was a baby.  After removing a malignant brain tumor the size of a lemon, and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, his little toddler head soon had a healthy amount of hair again and some people would never have known how he spent his baby years in the hospital.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end, and his brain tumor again returned 10 years later.  After two more brain surgeries and more radiation, it appears he’s out of the woods again, but it has been several years and his hair still hasn’t grown back, and it looks like his hair loss (at age 16!) is going to be permanent.

Evan really is a good sport about things, and he truly is a miracle to us.  For several years, he wore a baseball hat everywhere he went (except for church) and even got permission to wear his hat at school.  He has just recently built up the courage and self-esteem to go without his hat at all times, but we’ve still been looking into ways we can help him be and look like a normal teenager!  I was so so so excited to try out this new product on him called Fibond, in hopes that it could be a short-term helpful solution!fiBond_logo

I don’t think any of us were expecting an instant head of flowy hair, or that new strands would pop up like weeds, but I do think my entire family was surprised and pleased with what Fibond can do!  Its not a spray, a polish, a hair dye, or a pill.  Its more like a magical sprinkle.  You pour on these fibers like you’re salting your head with a shaker.  They are charged with static electricity which causes them to bond together and look, well, exactly like hair!

fibondvsothersYou can see from the above picture that Fibond works best on heads that still have some hairs to bond to.  Evan is pretty bald in this patch on his head, but tell me what you think!

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Ta-da!  Clearly, we chose a shade just a little too light.  This was the Brown, and next time we’ll go with Dark Brown.  He was curious to feel it out soon after we sprinkled him, and his fingerprints smeared off the fibers in a few places, but we noticed as the evening went on, that it set up a little better and it looked fuller, so had he waited a few more minutes, I don’t think this would have been a problem.  Fibond claims that it won’t come off in rain, wind, or perspiration, so I’m interested to see how it holds up in future scenarios like this.  At the end of the night, everything brushed off easily with a towel.

No, this is not a permanent fix for Evan, but my family and I were excited about the possibilities!  Doesn’t he look like a whole different boy?  For special occasions, won’t it be great for Evan to have a full head of hair for things like Prom and graduation?

Pretty fabulous if you ask me.  Of course, Fibond isn’t just for cancer survivors.  It is used by men and women of all ages and hair color.

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Check out their website for more details on how you can order your own for $29.95.  The before and after pictures are really stunning!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

More than just pink ribbons.

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I’ve been hesitant in writing this post for a while now.  Mostly because I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way.  So here’s the disclaimer:  Please don’t take it the wrong way.  

Last week was the Race For The Cure here in St. Louis.  You know… the big race for breast cancer awareness and to raise loads of money for the cure.  Back in 2003 I even participated in the Komen race in San Antonio, but over the years I’ve developed some resentment towards the whole thing.  Okay this time of year just makes me cringe.  There’s tons of media coverage.  The presence is all over the internet.  Women wearing pink shirts that read, “Fight Like A Girl” are all over the place.  Pink ribbons:  Everywhere.  As you will discover later in this posting… a false sense of security.

Don’t get me wrong. (This is where you shouldn’t take any of the above the wrong way.)  Breast cancer IS horrible.  It’s unfair.  It can strike anyone at anytime.  I dislike the pain it causes individuals and families with every fiber of my being.  BUT.  There’s more than just pink ribbons.  There are yellow (bone cancer), white (lung cancer), grey (brain cancer), green (lymphoma), black (melanoma), and so many others.  All different shades. Women (and men) are struck by more than just breast cancer.

When my nana survived colon cancer and then brain cancer I felt enormously blessed.  She was left with some major deficits, remotely not the same person she was, but she is still here with us.  We are able to spend time with her.  My children know who she is.  Nana was recently able to meet her great niece.  All things that wouldn’t be possible if cancer had taken her life.

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Then the real kicker in my life occurred.  My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma the beginning of January 2012.  One week after our little girl was born.  I was initially in shock.  Couldn’t believe that this was happening just a few short years after our family dealt with brain cancer of a loved one.  I also couldn’t believe that it was happening to my mom.  Then that false sense of security kicked in.  My mom was going to be just fine.  She was going to do the treatments, rid her body of the blood cancer, and we would never have to think of it again.  After all, breast cancer was “the only” non curable type of cancer.  That’s what the big race is all about.  Finding the cure for breast cancer.

Sure I took loads of health classes before getting my degree in college.  I shouldn’t have been that clueless, I should have put two and two together, but somehow I remained oblivious to the facts.  Other cancers have no cure.  Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has no cure.  LLS has walks, races, and other events, but I honestly never heard about them until my mom was diagnosed.  I probably knew that the cause existed, but I never saw documentation in the media.  I’ve only ever saw pink everywhere.  Lots and lots of pink.  May we all remember that there are more than just pink ribbons out there.  People are fighting all sorts of cancer.  Women get more than just breast cancer.

My mom still has Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  She is a fighter, but she is living with cancer.

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I’m so very proud of my mom.  She underwent six months of rigorous chemotherapy in 2012.

Now she goes every two months for maintenance chemo.

 She fights like a girl wearing green.

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Days Like These {Book Review}

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I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I love to read blogs — I follow probably 40 blogs through Google Reader, and I’m searching endlessly for a good substitute once Google Reader is gone this summer!  I love that I can read a “magazine” of sorts all about the things that are interesting to me, and I love that “normal” people can share their knowledge, skills, and/or everyday life through writing.

The book Days Like These became available for review, and I knew immediately that I wanted to read it.  The book description explains, “When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.  Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.”

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This book is basically a compilation of the entries Kristian made to his blog during his two-year fight with cancer, which makes it unique because it captures emotions and feelings that were present during the events while they happened, rather than those remembered after one looks back.  While the YouTube video was watched by millions who flocked to his blog to learn about his experiences, Kristian’s writing remains very down-to-earth and honest from the first entry to the very sad last entry.

I also loved that this book and the blog was written from a man’s point of view, and more specifically from a husband and father of two boys.  While I certainly recognize that men have feelings and emotions, it’s not always common to see those publicly displayed.  This medium for writing allows readers to feel Kristian’s pain and sadness while also rejoicing in reaching another milestone and spending another day alive with family.  He is also very religious and comments on the strength that he draws from knowing that God knows and is in control of all things.

If you’re looking for a good read for yourself or for a special father in your life, I would highly recommend taking a look at this book!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp {Book Review}

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I’ve never been a follower of Christian music and didn’t know about Jeremy Camp before I started reading this book, but I am fascinated when I  read about other people.  This book is a memoir of Jeremy Camp’s life and it outlines the experiences that led to developing and later strengthening his faith and finding comfort in music after a major loss.

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Jeremy Camp had an impoverished childhood whose home might have lacked financially but didn’t lack in faith, religion, strong examples, and support.  He struggled with peer pressure until he attended a youth retreat and felt that he needed to change the direction of his life.  He attended a Christian high school to provide good influences and later went on to Bible College where he found his love of music and performing to share his beliefs.  Only months after he married Melissa, whose strong faith Jeremy admired, Melissa passed away from ovarian cancer and left Jeremy a widower in his early 20s.  Jeremy describes how music allowed him to heal, share how he could still believe in God after such a harrowing loss, and later meet his second wife Adie.

This book is very Christian and mentions God frequently throughout Jeremy’s experiences.  There are times when I felt like the story was a bit repetitive or I wasn’t sure where it was going, but I was especially touched by the experiences he shares about his wife and her journey through cancer.  I admired his desire to marry Melissa even when he knew of her health struggles, but I was also drawn to Melissa’s optimism through her pain and trials.  I was interested to hear the family’s response to Adie and could only imagine how she must have felt to marry Jeremy and, in essence, have to take the place of his first wife.  This book is a good read, though might be more meaningful to those who have experienced loss.  Take a look at this website for more information on Jeremy Camp and this book: www.jeremycamp.com/IStillBelieve.

**I was provided this book for free from Tyndale Blog Network for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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