By Adam Lansdell
Battling cancer is hard enough, especially when you don’t have many exceptional products coming to your aid on the front lines. The process of chemotherapy presents a plethora of struggles for the warriors fighting their fight – and if you ask survivors what one of their biggest hurdles was, discomfort is often top of mind.
Breast cancer survivor Cindy Adamowski is quick to agree. During her 2017 battle, she lost her hair due to chemotherapy, something many come to expect during the process. However, she didn’t expect to have such an intensely sensitive scalp as a result. Scalp pain is a common issue that makes touching or even grazing gentle, soft items, like a bed pillow, torturous.
Seeking relief, Adamowski scoured through the tens of head-covering options made available through her oncologist’s catalogs and medical supply sources. After ordering and testing many that promised to be a remedy, she failed to find any that provided comfort.
“They handed me a magazine with some beautiful head covers and I ordered every one,” said Adamowski. “Not one of them was comfortable enough to wear all day – and being a businesswoman, I had to go out in the public and make a living still. But by the time I would get in my car to head home, I’d be ready to cry.”
Alongside seamstress, and eventual business partner Sabina Monroe, Adamowski began prototyping her own head coverings. Recognizing that the product she desired wasn’t available, she sought to fill this market gap by establishing her own product. The perfect material seemingly fell into Adamowski’s lap – one that was soft, nonirritable and breathable. This same material is used as the primary fabric in Adamowski and Monroe’s core product line, known today as Chemo Bands by Pink La Wink.
Chemo Bands come in a variety of colors, stylings, sizes and types. Each is hand-tested by Adamowski to ensure the quality is sufficient for all who wear it. These extremely customizable options are not only superior in comfort, but aid in providing wearers the opportunity to express themselves during a time where they might not be feeling much like themselves at all.
Chemo Bands has kept Adamowski and Monroe quite busy. Their products have expanded from being sold at Midland Sabourin’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop to being supplied to patients across the country. The rapid success has provided the duo a chance to help even more in need, and seeing how the bands have transformed such a painful experience is what fuels them.
“(Chemo Bands) have been my biggest achievement so far. There was such a gap that needed to be filled, so I feel amazing about doing this,” she said. “I’m so proud to know that I’m going to help other women. It’s an exhilarating feeling.”
Chemo Bands by Pink La Wink can be purchased at chemobands.com, with $1 from each order being donated to cancer research and care services. You can also connect with the brand at facebook.com/chemobands/.