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Setting up a business after breast cancer

From Amy Bath

Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In October 2007 I had a lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy and then chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.

I found dealing with the sickness during chemo and the soreness from the radiotherapy difficult. However, in some ways the worst was the lack of self-confidence and the feeling of being unattractive. All of which, of course, was common knowledge to the breast care nurses who are responsible for patient counselling. But there were times when I really struggled to cope and stay positive.

Before breast cancer I always wore pretty, feminine lingerie. I was really dismayed to find, at the very time that confidence in my appearance was at its lowest, that the choice available to me was very disappointing.

When I was made redundant from my job working for a regional charity, I decided that if I was going to do something about the situation it was ‘now or never.’

So I set up About the Girl, an online shop selling mastectomy lingerie for young and young-minded women to help them regain self-confidence post surgery.

My breast care nurse in Brighton has been hugely supportive. Without her support I doubt if I would have had the courage and determination to make my vision a reality.

The website I have created is www.aboutthegirl.co.uk

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Updated: 26 November 2009