My daughter-in-law’s mother was a very tall, elegant, and intelligent schoolteacher named Kristine.  Everyone in the family admired her, and we were all stricken when she received her cancer diagnosis.  She fought a valiant fight for fifteen years, undergoing multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.  During her last few days here on Earth, I got a chance to talk to her.  I asked her then what she thought.  If I could have somehow developed a program that would have helped her care for her hair, skin and nails and thus, feel better about her appearance- even though I couldn’t have changed the course of her illness- did she think that would have been helpful?

She didn’t hesitate.  She told me that would be a wonderful idea, and encouraged me to do it, the sooner the better.

After that last talk with Kristine, I started Brighter Days.  Since then I have experienced firsthand the benefits of this sort of program can have on people living with cancer.  You can trust me when I saw that the tools you need are here, and that you’ll feel better as soon as you start reading about them and incorporating them into your life.

Yes, you have cancer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience good things in life.  It’s all about your point of view and how you approach the situation.  There are things that can make you feel better.  There are things that can make you look more like yourself, and boost your self-confidence.  There are ways to get through this experience with hope, optimism, and several good days to go along with the not-so-good ones.  If you can maintain your positive attitude and keep your spirits up during this period of time, I guarantee it will help you in so many ways. 

There are brighter days ahead.  You just need the tools to get there.

-Dr. Richey