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Just In Time
PO Box 27693
Phila, PA 19119

Telephone: 215-247-8777

Year Started: 1986

# American Employees: 4
  In 1985 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My hair loss from chemotherapy was devastating. Concealing it became a preoccupation. First I tried a wig, but I found it physically and psychologically uncomfortable. I felt I was pretending to have hair when in fact I did not. As a result, whenever I went out in public with my wig on, I was self-conscious, always looking for my reflection to assure me that I looked OK with this foreign thing on my head. And, because I found the wig hot and scratchy, the wig and I went our separate ways. But many women find wigs a perfectly fine alternative. I don't think there is any "right" or "wrong" way to conceal hair loss. Rather, it's just a matter of understanding what works best for each of us individually and doing what is most comfortable. Wearing a wig is a very personal choice, and my choice was not to wear it. Since wigs were not going to be an option for me, the problem became finding the right product for a cancer patient in chemotherapy. The turbans I saw fit like bathing caps. Department store hats were sized for women with hair and too big on my hairless head, not to mention that they didn't even cover the hair line (or what once was a hair line). I wore a scarf, but with no hair underneath felt I looked like, I'll be frank, a pinhead. Other head covers I saw were poorly made, badly designed, and too often made of synthetic fabrics. I decided I couldn't be the only woman in chemotherapy who was looking for better products for cancer patients and who didn't like the chemo hats and cancer turbans I saw. With a Masters Degree in social work, I'm trained to approach problems with an eye toward a solution. Knowing how to sew, I embarked on a process of drawing my own patterns and sewing samples. Through trial-and-error (lots of error), I eventunally created the kind of soft hats I wanted but could not find. These quality cancer hats were what I felt the market was lacking. My designs are comfortable and flattering, making them not only a pleasure to wear, but they appear to be worn by choice, not necessity. Which means in public one does not look like a cancer patient in chemotherapy, wearing a hat to conceal her hair loss.  
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