Links We Like

BELOW YOU WILL FIND SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WEBSITES, SUPPORT GROUPS, RESOURCES AND MORE.  IF YOU KNOW OF OTHERS YOU FEEL WE SHOULD SHARE HERE, PLEASE LET US KNOW.  EMAIL US AT INFO@NIKKORA.COM AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO REVIEW YOUR SUGGESTION. A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer.  Their mission is “to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decision for their lives.” 

Casting for Recovery - The mission of Casting for Recovery (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery and are free to participants.

Cancer Insurance Checklist - The Cancer Insurance Checklist is designed to help you when shopping for insurance on your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange if you have cancer, a history of cancer, or are at risk for cancer. The Checklist is a useful guide to help you find a plan that will meet your needs. You may not need all of the treatments in the Checklist, and there may be other treatments, costs or aspects of your care that you need to consider.

Cancer Legal Resource Center - The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer.
A cancer diagnosis can carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance coverage, employment discrimination, access to health care, and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion, and stress, and can be overwhelming. When these legal issues are not addressed, people may find that although they have gotten through treatment, they have lost their homes, jobs, or insurance. The CLRC has a national, toll-free Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC) where callers can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Members of the CLRC's Professional Panel can provide more in-depth information and counsel to CLRC callers.

Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut - The Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut (CSC-SCT) is an affiliate in development of the Cancer Support Community – an international network of independently chartered nonprofits that provide professional programs of emotional support, education and hope for people impacted by cancer so that no one faces cancer alone. Our robust program of psychosocial support is open free of charge to those with a cancer diagnosis as well as their family, friends, caregivers and loved ones. Participants are welcome for our support groups, classes, lectures, social events and more…or can simply drop in for a cup of tea or conversation with other members.

Confessions of the Professions An info graphic on why choosing a career as a nurse is a good choice. 

Domestic Possessions - Our neighbor in Madison and by far, one of our all-time favorite stores!!!  Domestic Possessions prides itself on offering style and sophistication to its shoppers. We professionally stage our entire 5000 sq. foot Madison showroom. We also resell furniture and home decor that are treasures from another life. Shopping resale is now considered to be eco-chic. Reuse - make a conscious choice to use or buy a pre-owned product. Reduce - eliminate clutter, pare down one's belongings and eliminate excess. Recycle - share one's goods with others by donating, selling or consigning - not just trashing! Revive - clean it, strip or restore the finish; redress it in new colors, finish, hardware; bring it back to life. Redecorate - recreate and transform your existing space to suit your actual needs, purposes or lifestyle, as it changes.

Everlastings Salon & Spa - Everlastings by Arlene Bouley offers a full range of beauty services including color, highlights, haircuts, natural body waving, bridal up-dos and special occasion styling. Her passion, dedication and commitment to each of her clients’ particular needs ensure that you will leave satisfied and coming back for more…   Hair plays an important role in how you look and feel – and how people react to you. When hair loss occurs with chemotherapy, radiation, Alopecia, Cancer, trauma or other medical conditions, it can be overwhelming. Everlastings Salon specializes in catering to the unique needs of our clients by providing options and solutions especially designed for women and men experiencing hair loss. 

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) provides information for women who have a high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The organization offers information about hereditary cancers, risk management, and the medical and lifestyle options that are available to high-risk women.

Get in Touch Foundation - The mission of the Get in Touch Foundation is to encourage gals of all ages to “Get In Touch” with their bodies, information, and each other in our crusade against breast cancer. 

Health Care Advocate of CT  The Mission of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate is to assist consumers with healthcare issues through the establishment of effective outreach programs and the development of communications related to consumer rights and responsibilities as members of managed care plans. The office focuses on assisting consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan; assisting consumers to resolve problems with their health insurance plans; and identifying issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention. - Healthline just published these inspiring quotes about breast cancer from celebrities who battled the disease.  Our audience really enjoyed them and gave us great feedback on how powerful and inspirational they are.  You can see them here:

HopeLine - Verizon is committed to helping the nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence. We're doing our part to end this epidemic by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turning them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, we've donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to our partner agencies.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation - The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation educates people about inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). The organization also raises funds for inflammatory breast cancer research and collects tumor samples for its IBC BioBank. The website of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation offers e-mail discussion lists and other educational materials.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer - Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is dedicated to assisting you, whether you are    newly diagnosed, in treatment, recently completed treatment, are years beyond or are living with    metastatic breast cancer. We are also here for your family members, caregivers, friends and healthcare providers to provide breast cancer information and support. As a national education and support organization, our goal is to improve your quality of life and help you take an active role in your ongoing recovery or management of the disease, regardless of educational background, social support or financial means.

Mary Ann Wasil Nilan's Blog - Mary Ann Wasil is the Founder, President and CEO of the non-profit Get In Touch Foundation, and has been a breast cancer survivor and health activist since 2004. Humor in the face of challenge makes her a sought after speaker, worldwide, as does her passionate commitment to free global breast health education for girls.  Mary Ann is the author of "A Diary of Healing", a "must read" for allwomen whether you have faced a cancer diagnosis or not.  Mary Ann will inspire you to face the challenges of life with a strength you never knew you had.

Mothers and Daughters - Mothers and Daughters is an organization for the mothers of breast cancer patients and survivors. The organization provides support for mothers and matches them with other women who have daughters with breast cancer. Mothers and Daughters also provides support for women diagnosed with the disease. The group publishes informational booklets for mothers and for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Coalition - Their mission is “to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Guided by three primary goals – research, access and influence – NBBC has been a powerful voice for women and men across the country since its inception.”  

National Lymphedema Network - An internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on management of primary/secondary lymphedema and related disorders, and education in risk reduction practices for all individuals at risk for or affected by lymphedema.

Patient Advocate Foundation - The mission of the PAF is to provide effective mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. They assist patients with: Medical Debt Crisis, Insurance Access Issues, Job Retention Issues.

Patient Resource - Where Information Equals Hope - The goal of Patient Resource LLC is to empower people who are suffering with life-altering diseases by giving them the most comprehensive and up-to-date guides to treatment and facilities for their disease free of charge.

SHARE: Self-Help for Women With Breast or Ovarian Cancer - SHARE offers support to women with breast or ovarian cancer in the New York metropolitan area. Cancer survivors lead SHARE's support groups and staff its hotlines. There are separate hotlines for breast, ovarian and Latina patients; programs for families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer; and a variety of support groups and other programs. SHARE offers educational programs on topics such as lymphedema, clinical trials, bone health, hormonal treatments, access to medical care and advocacy.

True North Treks - Young Adult Cancer Survivors Charting a New Course. True North Treks is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young adult cancer survivors by connecting with nature, other survivors, and oneself. A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can demagnetize one's life compass and lead to an unknown path that was neither expected nor desired. Things like school, work, social activities, emotional health, relationships or career plans can all become interfered with or altered. Despite the best efforts of medical personnel, family and friends, there are simply times when a person with cancer can feel lost or "dis-oriented."

At True North Treks we help adolescent and young adult cancer survivors learn ways to become re-oriented, set new coordinates and chart a new course through short term experiences in nature centered around the training of "survival skills for survivors." Transitioning from a treatment room or medical facility to camping gear and a remote trail head, True North Treks participants engage in an innovative experiential learning curriculum that facilitates the cultivation of Mindful Awareness Practices and Outdoor Leadership Skills Training.

What Makes a Great Nurse - Nurses work in many different capacities, reacting efficiently in emergencies, providing proper treatment and care and offering compassion and sympathy to sick patients and their families. A great nurse is more than just a healthcare provider; the nurse is a caregiver, a support system and, oftentimes, a friend. The most celebrated nurses exhibit these duties in their everyday work, while also showing a sincere devotion to the values of human dignity and the pursuit of wellness.

The Working Nurse -  In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk in the nursing world about education: advanced degrees, certifications and training in the latest technologies. However, this nurse has long believed that all the certifications and degrees in the world are no substitute for good basic nursing skills, including attention to detail, listening and, most important of all, a deep and abiding compassion for all the patients under your care. 

Young Survival Coalition - The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The YSC has an online bulletin board on which young survivors can communicate with one another and it publishes informational brochures and a newsletter. It also produces a weekly e-mail blast. The organization has affiliate branches that host meetings in more than a dozen locations across the United States. In addition to educational and support services for survivors, the YSC works to educate community and government officials about the reality of breast cancer diagnosis in young women.