Meet Thelma Jones – “I Have Cancer, But Cancer Doesn’t Have Me”

ThelmaThelma Jones is making remarkable strides in breast cancer awareness. As a community activist for over 30 years and a breast cancer survivor herself, Thelma understands the importance of cancer awareness and education in her community. In fact, she was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011 for her leadership in the fight against breast cancer. She also received the Mayor’s coveted Community Service Award in the Lifetime Achievement category in 2010. Most recently, Thelma won the 2015 Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Phenomenal Woman Award.

In June 2007, Thelma was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after, she became a certified breast-health educator with the American Cancer Society to work with cancer patients who had recently been diagnosed. After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy, she was able to win the fight. Thelma was inspired to give back to her community and share her story with others. Thelma believes that screening saves lives. She is working on educating people about the importance of regular checkups and knowing what symptoms to look for. The American Cancer Society says that women over 40 years old should have a mammogram done every year.

“Almost from the inception of my diagnosis, I vowed to fight back and use my voice to increase funding for cancer research and to make it a national priority.”

Thelma Jones is currently living in Southwest Washington, D.C. (our hometown!), working as a breast-cancer navigator for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Her role is to help her clients find care, schedule mammograms and answer their questions. Thelma emphasizes the importance of finding a good doctor that you trust because you should never feel uncomfortable asking the tough questions. Her goal is to share support and guide patients through this process, showing them the positive side of life after cancer.

Thanks to Thelma’s dedication and passion for her community, she started one of Southwest’s only breast cancer support groups. “Sometimes I would invite people to my house or out on the stoop to talk about breast cancer, and people started saying I had a support group – so I created the breast cancer support group,” said Thelma Jones. The ACS Breast Cancer Support Group in Southwest D.C. has helped over 300 men and women, especially those who are struggling more than others – the ones who have to choose between picking up their medication or paying the bills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the second leading cause of death of women in Washington, D.C. If you want to get involved, you can donate to the American Cancer Society, or sign up for an event near you. You won’t want to miss the Relay for Life!

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In the picture on the left, check out State Lead Ambassador and breast cancer survivor, Thelma Jones (far left), as Councilmember Cheh presented a breast cancer awareness month proclamation at the City Council meeting. The picture on the right is of Jennifer Aniston (left) with Thelma Jones (right) at the White House in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Resources

American Cancer Society

Three Minute Interview with Thelma

What is a Breast-Cancer Navigator?

Where to Find a Support Group in Your Area

“I Have Cancer, But Cancer Doesn’t Have Me”

Thelma Jones – White House Champion of Change

Breast Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis – BreastCancer.org

Thelma Jones Brings Breast Cancer Awareness Support to Neighborhood

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life

Thelma Jones, Community Activist and Advocate

Cancer Facts and Statistics – American Cancer Society

Connect with Thelma on LinkedIn

Using the New “Easy Reorder” Button

We’re always making updates to our site to make it easier to navigate and easier to shop. Over the past year, we’ve heard customers ask for a simple way to repeat a previous order – with the same size and color – and we listened. Now, with just a few clicks, you can re-order anything from a previous order.  This feature is available on both our regular desktop, and mobile sites.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to Easy Reorder.

  1. Log into your account by selecting the “Log In” button in the top right hand corner of the menu. Note: you must be a Registered User of our website to be able to use the Easy Reorder function. If you have checked out as a guest in the past, you can call our customer service team and have your account switched to a registered account – 1-877-545-8585.
  2. Select “Easy Reorder” from the My Account screen.BrightLife My Account
  3. You will now see all of your previous orders on BrightLife Direct, organized by year via the Date drop-down menu. You can scroll through to see which one of your past orders you’d like to order again. In this case, I really loved the Therafirm Pantyhose I ordered on May 11th, and want to get a few more pairs in the same size and color. To add this exact item to my cart, I simply click “Quick Reorder.” If you already have other items in your cart, uncheck the “Clear Existing Items in Cart” button. If you click “Quick Reorder” and have this box checked, the system will wipe out all of the items in your shopping cart and add ONLY the items from the previous order. BrightLife Reorder
  4. You will now see that my Shopping Cart contains JUST the Therafirm Light Support Pantyhose in Natural, Size Large.  If you want to adjust the number of items, change the number under Qty, and click the gray Update Cart button.  To proceed to the final checkout page, click the orange Checkout button, or PayPal.BrightLife Shopping Cart

New, Comfortable Shoes for Summer!

Dr. Comfort Sandals for Men and Women

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning vacations and swap out all of the heavy jackets hanging in your closet for t-shirts and dresses. Everyone knows how uncomfortable it can be on those long days in the hot sun with shoes that are rubbing and lots of sightseeing left to do. If you spend a lot of time outside on your feet during the warmer months, Dr. Comfort has your solution: sandals for men and women that are extremely comfortable and padded.

Dr. Comfort was founded in 2002 and makes diabetic footwear that is sold all around the world. With a focus on style, comfort and quality, they have created therapeutic shoes for casual and dress. Dr. Comfort shoes are made with the finest quality and designed with your comfort in mind. These shoes are great for those with diabetes, arthritis, sensitive feet, plantar fasciitis, or for those with swelling in their feet. Dr. Comfort offers slippers, shoes, sandals and more to keep you comfortable during a family outing or a business meeting.

For Women:

Dr. Comfort Women’s Sharon Sandal

Sharon-Black-Shoe-MedThe sophisticated Sharon sandal features exotic textures with beautiful jewels on the top and comes with a removable footbed for custom orthotics. The sole is extremely durable to provide shock absorption. The Sharon sandal is available in Black, Green and Peanut Brittle, in sizes 5-11 with a medium/wide width.

Dr. Comfort Women’s Shannon Sandal

Shannon-Black-MedThese comfortable sandals feature a cushioned footbed, built-in arch support and a dual density midsole. The Shannon sandal also provides shock absorption and helps to keep your feet dry and cool. They come in Red, Black and Camel in sizes 5-11 with a wide width.

Dr. Comfort Women’s Rachel Sandal

Rachel-Black-medFeatures a removable footbed for custom orthotics and a double Velcro closure for comfort and support. This therapeutic shoe has a wraparound strap in the back for support and security. Made with rich, exotic textures out of the finest quality. The Rachel sandal is available in Black and Peanut Brittle in sizes 5-11 with a medium/wide width.

For Men:

Dr. Comfort Men’s Collin Sandal

Collin-Camel-MedThis lightweight, diabetic shoe helps to correct posture as well as alleviate foot and back pain. Features a dual density midsole and cushioned footbed for the support and comfort you need. It comes in Camel, Chocolate and Black in sizes 8-13 with an extra wide width.

Dr. Comfort Men’s Connor Sandal

Connor-Black-MedFeatures a secure Velcro closure, a dual density midsole, a cushioned footbed, built-in arch support and shock absorption. This diabetic sandal is great for those with wide feet or to relieve plantar fasciitis symptoms. Available in Chocolate, Camel and Black in sizes 8-13 with an extra wide width.

Dr. Comfort Men’s Greg Sandal

Greg-Brown-MedThis lightweight sandal features a removable back strap to convert to a slide. The Greg sandal comes with a removable footbed for custom orthotics. Features a dual density midsole and helps to correct posture as well as alleviate pain in your feet, legs and back. Available in Black and Brown in sizes 7-14 with a medium/wide width.

It is extremely important to take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes, to protect yourself from a future complication. Dr. Comfort is one of the most popular orthopedic shoe brands for a reason. See for yourself why so many people wear Dr. Comfort.

Shop Dr. Comfort Now

Share Your Story With Juzo And Win $5,000!

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Juzo is challenging you to share your Keep Moving Story for a chance to win $5,000. Juzo is looking for the most inspirational stories and the people brave enough to share them. Starting May 1st until June 12th, take a picture or make a short video about how compression garments have helped you “Keep Moving Forward” and continue to live a happy, healthy life. The idea of the Keep Moving Campaign is to show the world the benefits and importance of wearing compression garments, so make sure your photo or video includes this to be eligible.

Juzo’s Keep Moving Campaign is all about encouraging your friends and family to get the word out about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to share their stories too. Simply go on Facebook, “like” the Juzo Facebook page, and get as many friends and family members that you can to “like” your post and share it with their friends. The 10 entries with the most “likes” after six weeks will be the finalists. The judges will choose the top three winners with the most inspiring stories. The official winners will be announced on the Juzo Facebook page on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Enter as early as possible to get a head start on the competition. Plus, every week there will be prizes awarded at random to participants, so hurry up and share your story!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The contests runs from May 1, 2015 – June 12, 2015
  • There will be weekly prizes awarded at random to participants!
  • 1st Place: $5,000 for a healthier, more active life
  • 2nd Place: Yoga Retreat ($1,500 value)
  • 3rd Place: Keep Moving Price Pack ($500 value)
  • Winners announced on the Juzo Facebook page on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
  • Increase your chances of winning by submitting your story early!
  • Click here for a great example of a Keep Moving entry.

OFFICIAL RULES:

  • “LIKE” Visit Juzo on Facebook.
  • INSPIRE others by posting a single photo or short video clip of yourself.
  • SHARE how compression garments have helped you Keep Moving forward in the caption or video clip. Your entry must mention how compression garments keep you moving, in order to be eligible.
  • GATHER your friends and family to “Like” your photo, and encourage them to inspire others by spreading the word about your Keep Moving story!
  • The 10 entries with the most “Likes” after six weeks will be named our finalists.
  • Be sure to enter early to maximize your chances of winning! Additional weekly prizes will be awarded to randomly selected entrants.
  • The Grand Prize Winner, Second and Third Place Winners will be selected from the ten finalists by a panel of Juzo judges based on who shares the most inspiring story.
  • The contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada.
  • Participants must enter between Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:00 am ET and 5:00pm ET on Friday,June 12, 2015
  • Juzo’s Keep Moving promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Stick around! The three Winners will be announced on the Juzo Facebook Page on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Remember to follow Juzo on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news. Good luck!