I will use this page to document the various resources I have been referred to. Where appropriate, I will provide comments and suggestions for their use.

Books

  • Peace, Love & Healing by Bernie S. Siegel, MD - Bodymind Communication and the Path to Self-Healing: An Exploration. - While this book is more than 10 years old, I have found much of the information in it helpful in understanding the evolution of disease in the human body. It is an easy read, and I feel like it is a good "first choice" book for someone dealing with a serious disease.
  • Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer by Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo - I requested this book from the local library after I attended a seminar called "Step Ahead: Surviving, Thriving, Encouraging, Preparing." The first night of the series was focused on "what now?" Much of the information that was provided referenced this book. I found the material helpful, so I decided to read the book.

Websites

Local Organizations

  • Gilda's Club Chicago - Located in Chicago, Illinois. According to their website:  "Membership in our Club provides you, your family and your friends with access to all of the benefits of our growing and caring community, including programs that will help you learn to live with cancer. It’s easy to join, and it's free. You're Not Alone When You Join Our Community." This is where I found my wonderful Ovarian Wellness Support Group.
  •  LivingWell Cancer Resource Center - Located in Geneva, Illinois. LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, serves as a vital component to comprehensive cancer care and stands as a gathering place that provides comfort and community to anyone experiencing the effects of cancer. Our hope is that program participants will feel less alone, better informed, more hopeful, and empowered to take on the challenge of facing cancer by participating in programs and services offered by LivingWell.
  • Wellness House - Located in Hinsdale, Illinois. According to their website: "Wellness House envisions a community where all people affected by cancer thrive.  Offered at no cost, and as a complement to medical treatment, our programs educate, support and empower participants so they will improve their physical and emotional well-being." I have taken advantage of some of the fitness related classes and the wig boutique here. 

National Organizations

  • American Cancer Society - From their website: "For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.
  • Imerman's Angels - From their website: "Imerman Angels provides FREE personalized one-on-one cancer support for cancer fighters, survivors, and their caregivers." I was connected with this organization by my oncology social worker. I wish I knew about them right after I was diagnosed.
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition - From their website: "The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors."