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In the past, when women needed a breast prosthesis, they took a prescription to a pharmacy and would receive a “one-size-fits-all” form. The experience was impersonal, clinical, and often discouraging at a time when a woman needs encouragement the most.
Today, however, the process looks much different and is more personalized and encouraging.
Renew Boutique and Spa is designed to be a one-stop resource of specialty items and services for cancer patients. “We don’t necessarily know what a woman’s needs are when she walks through our doors,” says Debbie Adams, manager of Renew Boutique and Spa.
“Women come to us for any number or reasons. It may be because of failed reconstruction, a lumpectomy or mastectomy, or maybe because they need a compression bra or full-figure bra.”
What is offered at the boutique?
When someone comes to Renew, they can have a private consultation with certified fitters trained to help them find the right items. “Our staff is very kind and very educated and resourceful,” Debbie says.
Fitters undergo 500+ hours of training and will ask questions about each woman’s lifestyle to determine a good fit.
Once the need is identified, the boutique offers everything from breast prostheses to bras to wigs, scarves, or caps. Renew has private fitting rooms where women can find what they need in a more comfortable setting.
Renew Boutique and Spa also offers integrative therapy services, such as reflexology, massage therapy, and lymphedema. The shop also sells essential oils and diffusers, jewelry, clothing, and swimwear. Gift certificates are also available to be purchased for loved ones.
The boutique specializes in resources for cancer patients. However, anyone is welcome to visit and shop there.
Fulfilling a need in the community
Debbie says most insurances cover the services of the boutique. Many women have a perception that going to the boutique is a luxury. In reality, boutique services fulfill a need recognized by the women’s health act.
“Every family is touched by cancer somehow,” says Debbie. “There is such a need for these services.” She notes that patients continually express profound gratitude for their experience at Renew. “We’re here to help replace some of what these women have lost, which is huge.”
You can visit Renew on the first floor of Kettering Health Cancer Center or learn more by calling (937) 281-3855.
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