T.E.A.L.® Support & Resources

Tell Every Amazing Lady ® offers a range of support to ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones touched by ovarian cancer. Learn more about all of our T.E.A.L.® Internal Programs here.

T.E.A.L.® has many partnerships with organizations that can be used as referrals for whatever your needs may be. This page is being updated often, and not all of our resources may be listed.  If you can’t find something specific that you are looking for here, please contact us directly at 917-310-4835 or info@tealwalk.org

FREE VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

Join us at one of our workshops virtually on Zoom or at the T.E.A.L.® Community Center in Brooklyn. Workshop topics constantly evolve and are facilitated by volunteers. These might include education and awareness around ovarian cancer, and also general health and wellness. Some workshops are open to ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers, or loved ones touched by this disease, while many are open to the general public. Check out www.TellEveryAmazingLady.org/workshops for an updated schedule and RSVP form.

Share your storyOur testimonial page is a great way to let others know about what you have gone through which in return can inspire, and even alert someone to symptoms or treatments. Share your experience with ovarian cancer, our annual T.E.A.L.® Walk, or any other story you have relating to this disease. We want to hear from you! We also have a volunteer writer available who can interview you to document your story on our website. Contact us if you’re interested.

Attend our events. We encourage those undergoing treatment or in remission to  participate in our events. There are always groups of survivors in attendance and it is a great way to meet others with similar situations. At each T.E.A.L.® event it is wonderful to see so many survivors together. Our events are attended by not only survivors but also caregivers, families and friends of those who’ve been touched by ovarian cancer. It’s a great way to meet others who’ve gone through a similar experience. Go To Event Central Now.

Clinical Trials

Tell Every Amazing Lady® Clinical Trial Navigation Service Call 855-216-0103 Monday-Friday 9am-6pmEST or email TEAL@emergingmed.com

We want you to be aware of all treatment options. Tell Every Amazing Lady is working with EmergingMed to offer you a way to take action – a free, unbiased, confidential, personalized service that helps you understand which ovarian clinical trials may be an option for you. Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people with early stage or advanced cancers. They have a natural place in your care as doctors strive to improve current ovarian treatments and search for new and better ones.

How does the service work? We help you quickly search for clinical trials that match your specific diagnosis and treatment history. We recommend that you search for clinical trial options before you begin your first treatment and again at any time you are faced with a new treatment decision. Our service helps you stay informed about all your choices. We never want to hear you say: “I wish I had known about that option earlier”. The service is free, unbiased and completely confidential. We encourage you to call 855-216-0103 to find clinical trials that match your situation and to learn more about cancer research. Our clinical trial navigators are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm ET.

Patient Airlift Services (PALS) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, that has flown more than 20,000 flights since inception in 2010.  We believe that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis that receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a basic—human—right— no matter how far that care, or support is from home. Our team of volunteer pilots, as well as our corporate and commercial partners, enable us to provide families in need with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. See if you qualify and request a mission here.

Genetic Testing & Genetic Counseling

Do you have a family history of ovarian, breast, colon, or endometrial cancer? Learn about genetic testing today.

Want to learn more about your cancer risk? Take this hereditary cancer quiz to help you determine whether you should be further evaluated for either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, or Lynch syndrome.

Find a Genetic Counselor in your area through the National Society of Genetic Counselors: http://nsgc.org/p/cm/ld/fid=164

Basser Center for BRCA: The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. Devoted to advancing care for people affected by BRCA gene mutations, the Basser Center’s unique model provides funding for collaborative research, education, and outreach programs around the world.

AliveAndKickn: Provides resources for people living with Lynch Syndrome. Lynch Syndrome is a genetic condition which predisposes carriers to certain types of cancers including endometrial and colorectal cancers. AliveAndKickn supports patients through research, education, and screening as well as provides a community for individuals living with Lynch Syndrome to share, learn, and grow in a safe and enriching environment.

WISP: Women Choosing Surgical Prevention: A national study that seeks to understand whether symptoms of menopause and sexual functioning can be improved by surgical intervention among women with a genetic predisposition for ovarian cancer. WISP is currently accepting participants who have a pathogenic or likely pathogenic mutation that makes them at high risk for ovarian cancer. Participants need to be between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. Cost of care is paid for by patients and their insurance. The primary outcome is related to quality of life and sexual function, so participants complete questionnaires emailed to them before surgery, 6 months after surgery, 1 year after surgery and yearly after that. Please see https://wisp.mdanderson.org/ for a list of eligible mutations, as well as details about the study.

T.E.A.L.® genetics page: Learn more about genetic risk factors, genetic counseling, and genetic testing options with our online guide.

Fertility Support

Speak to a professional in the New York City area to find out more about fertility preservation for women and men facing cancer treatment. www.genesisfertility.com/oncofertility.html

Or use these online resources to learn more about fertility options for those affected by cancer: www.myoncofertility.org,  oncofertility.northwestern.edu

Guidance and Support

Gilda’s Club / The Wellness Community: A national support network with local NY branches that provides social and emotional support for people affected by cancer

Cancer Care: Offers over-the-phone and in-person support by trained oncology social workers to those touched by cancer. Phone support 800-813-4673

Share: A local organization that gives support to those affected by breast and ovarian cancer through a network of breast and ovarian cancer survivors.

Woman To Woman: A one-to-one emotional support program at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Sharsheret: Offers guidance and support for women and families facing ovarian cancer.

Cancer and Careers: A national nonprofit that empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. The organization reaches more than 325,000 individuals per year online, in print and in person. Its free services include a comprehensive website and library of publications in English and Spanish; legal and insurance information; career coaching; resume review; professional development micro-grants; and national events and workshops for people with cancer and their healthcare providers, coworkers and employers.

Steps Through OC is a national program created for survivors and caregivers of women with ovarian cancer. This program offers free individual counseling, patient education, and any resources that are personalized for any individual’s needs. Survivors and caregivers to be matched to a licensed mental health professional with a specific background in ovarian cancer. Registration provides counselors with information to individualize the survivor or caregiver’s support plan. You can follow this link to read more about the organization, and this link to begin the registration process.

14 of the Best Gifts I received during cancer treatment.” Informative article written by an ovarian cancer survivor. 

The Creative Center: The Creative Center at University Settlement is an organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life.

Daughters of T.E.A.L.®: A support group for women who have lost a mother, aunt, sister, or friend to ovarian cancer. Check our workshops page for upcoming dates.

T.E.A.L.® Grief Guide: Our grief guide is specifically designed for caregivers and loved ones who have lost someone to ovarian cancer. We provide tools that might help to identify whether you are dealing with grief and how your grief may manifest itself in daily activities. We also provide details on T.E.A.L.® support groups that you may find helpful in your healing journey. Please click here for more information.

T.E.A.L.® Amazing Lady Membership Program: Tell Every Amazing Lady’s T.E.A.L.® Amazing Lady Membership Program provides patients and survivors with specialized kits to support their needs during treatment and recovery. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is eligible for this program at no cost. As a gift from T.E.A.L.®, you could receive a T.E.A.L.® Membership Kit, a T.E.A.L.® Chemotherapy Kit, and a T.E.A.L.® Birthday Kit. You are able to connect with others in our survivor community while receiving support and resources tailored to your individual needs.  This program also gives you exclusive perks at our in person and virtual events. We want you to know that you are not alone throughout your journey.

Home Support

Cleaning for a Reason Provides four free general house cleanings to women aged 19 and above who are currently undergoing cancer treatment for any type of cancer. Application and eligibility information can be found on their website.

God’s Love We Deliver is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of 30 years of cooking and delivering more than 16 million meals, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. This year, God’s Love will cook and deliver more than 1.4 million meals to 6,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.  For more information, visit godslovewedeliver.org. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.

Diet, Nutrition & Wellness

Dr. Oz Show: Provides a list of foods that are known to be protective against ovarian cancer.

Integrative Healing-Cancer Healing Odyssey: A personal recovery story written as inspiration and hope, for all those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are looking to combine conventional and alternative treatments to increase the likelihood of success in beating cancer.

Life Ice: LifeIce is a natural bite-sized ice specially formulated with a variety of premium ingredients and nutrients. The founder of this product came up with the idea of LifeIce “cubette” during the time of her mother’s struggle with Ovarian Cancer who was given hydration and nutrition in the form of ice cubes which is often seen as soothing to patients going through chemotherapy.

Cooking for Chemo: Food doesn’t have to taste disgusting! Cancer patients stop eating during chemo treatments because food is no longer enjoyable. Who wants to eat food that tastes bad? The answer is NO ONE! During chemotherapy, food begins to taste disgusting, smell terrible, and can hurt when we eat it. All these factors combined create a horrible eating experience. Over time, this causes us to become discouraged and avoid eating all together. Cooking for Chemo’s mission is to teach you HOW to adjust your cooking so your food no longer tastes disgusting! We teach common sense, practical, and easy to use cooking techniques that help you enjoy eating again. Our easy to understand cooking techniques help cancer fighters take one more bite of food to fight off starvation. Our goal is to help you take back a part of your life that cancer has taken away… the simple enjoyment of eating good tasting food. Email info@cookingforchemo.org.

CDC Guidelines for DIY Masks during COVID-19 Pandemic: Learn how to make a safe face covering to use when out in public. In need of reusable cloth masks? Contact us to learn more about how T.E.A.L. ® can provide you with one.  

CDC Guidelines for Vulnerable Populations during COVID-19 Pandemic: Learn precautions for immunocompromised individuals. 

Cancer and Careers Publications: (Digital and Printed publications available in English and Spanish)

Beauty Support

Consumer Affairs: Wig Buyers Guide: This guide educates readers on important features to consider when selecting a wig such as type, size, material and style. It also compares brands and retailers using expert and consumer reviews.
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/wigs/#guide-features

Eazy Brow: Visit Eazy Brow for products for those going through treatment.

Sephora: Sephora stands with those facing major life transitions. Their Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer Classes for Confidence are designed to help clients discover techniques and products that address the visible effects of cancer treatments. By using Sephora’s strength of teaching for even greater good, their goal is to support those facing cancer to feel beautiful during their journey. These free 90-minute hands-on beauty classes are offered at select Sephora stores throughout the US. Visit https://www.sephora.com/happening/classes to find a class near you. Watch the videos to learn more.

Are you currently in treatment and live in the NYC area? Contact us for additional services by email info@tealwalk.org or by phone 917-310-4835

Cancer and Careers Publications (Digital and Printed publications available in English and Spanish)

Financial Resources, Living Wills, Health Care Proxy, & Applying for Disability

Five Wishes-An easy to use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for if they become seriously ill.

21st Century Care- Provides financial assistance and many other helpful resources.

Cancer Care Offering limited Financial Assistance to people affected by cancer.

Cancer and Careers Publications (Digital and Printed publications available in English and Spanish) Search the titles below:

  • Living and Working with Cancer Workbook(4th Edition)
  • The Most Important Resources for Working People with Cancer
  • Cancer on a Shoestring Survival Guide
  • Living with Cancer As a Chronic Disease Survival Guide
  • Manager’s Kit
  • On-the-Go Guides (includes nutrition, fitness and makeup)

Fifth Season Financial– Provides financial assistance and many other helpful resources.

Lotsa Helping Hands– An organization that provides an online tool to assist in organizing support. This free web-based service helps manage and simplify everyday tasks of family, friends, colleagues and neighbors wishing to help loved ones in need.

CAKE– Provides financial assistance and many other helpful resources.

ADVANCED TREATMENTS AND RESEARCH

StoreMyTumor: Preserves your live tumor tissue at the time of surgery or biopsy.
Why preserve your tumor?
1) Prioritize drugs based on the biologic profile of your cancer cells
2) Test which drugs work in the lab and identify the right combination
3) Strengthen your immune system and direct it to fight your cancer cells