5 Ways Expressions of Hope Boutique Help Cancer Patients

Cancer impacts emotional and mental health as well as physical health. And for women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, cancer can lower self-image.

Preserving women’s confidence in their appearance and femininity is the primary purpose of Expressions of Hope Boutique, provided by the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Miami Valley Hospital South.

The boutique offers post-mastectomy and lumpectomy products, as well as stylish wigs, headwear and scarves for women who have lost hair during treatment.

In addition to a wide selection of quality merchandise, Expressions of Hope Boutique offer women much more in these five ways:

  1. Comfortable, inviting environments. The upscale décor of the boutique offers women a departure from the clinical, medical settings in which they’ve spent much of their time.
    “We strive to put as much normalcy into the experience as possible,” explains Cheryl White, Fidelity Health Care executive director. “When we planned the boutique our goal was to create an environment that is beautiful, glamorous and comfortable. The boutique offers women a shopping/retail environment, rather than being an extension of their medical treatment.”
  2. Caring, professional staff. The Expressions of Hope Boutique staff serves women with professionalism and compassionate understanding of their journey and concerns.
    Certified mastectomy fitters and wig stylists use their expertise to help women look and feel good about themselves, as they pamper them with personalized service in private rooms.
    And Expressions of Hope staff encourage significant others and children to accompany women for appointments. “It’s really a family-oriented experience,” said Paula Thompson, president and CEO of Fidelity Health Care.
  3. Full range of products. The boutique offers a wide range of post-surgery solutions, such as breast forms, shapers, bras, camisoles, swimwear and swim forms. The boutique also offers fashionable wigs, alternatives for partial hair loss, hats, head wraps, sleep caps and scarves. Also available are fashionable accessories such as scarves, purses and umbrellas; skincare products; and inspirational gifts such as jewelry, cards and mugs.
  4. Financial assistance. Most wigs, bras, camisoles and breast forms available through Expressions of Hope are covered by health insurance. To help women with limited financial resources pay for uncovered expenses, Expressions of Hope has partnered with charitable foundations that can help women who qualify for financial assistance.
  5. Convenience. Expressions of Hope serves women at its boutique and through special fitting events offered at other Premier Health facilities and community locations.

The boutique is open as follows:

  • Miami Valley Hospital South, Comprehensive Cancer Center: Mon.-Fri., 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturdays by appointment. Call (937) 438-7355. 

Source: Cheryl White, Fidelity Health Care Executive Director, Premier Health; Paula Thompson, President and CEO of Fidelity Health Care

Content Updated: August 16, 2018

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