At janac we are passionate about helping people who have breast surgery and body shape challenges, feel comfortable and confident.
Working in the medical field has always been my passion, that’s why I became a nurse 30 years ago. I have worked in various settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, hospice and nursing homes. Many years ago I worked as the Supportive Care Coordinator for a breast cancer agency that supported clients of all ages who were diagnosed with breast cancer. It was during that 8 year period and the death of two friends from cancer that I learned how difficult it was for people to get the support, information,resources and specialty products they need to get through this traumatic time in their lives.These experiences changed my perspective on life.Over the years I have worked hard with people to understand their needs as they go through this disease and others and the devastating effects of their treatments. I felt the need to help in any way I could.
I trained to be a vascular compression fitter, then a mastectomy bra fitter. I worked for companies that didn’t seem to understand how unique these clients needs were. I wanted women, men and their families to have somewhere to go after a diagnosis of cancer. I wanted to create a comfortable, inviting place for people to shop where they could find the products that would suit their specific needs. I wanted to have a one stop shop so people with illness or disease didn’t need to worry about trying to find products or drive to 3 or 4 different places. It is difficult enough when you have a serious health issue to understand all the information given to you let alone try to seek out things you will need.
In early 2011BodyMed Boutique was born. I wanted to offer a shop that supports people “from head to toe” with everything from compression socks to mastectomy products, hot flash PJ’S hats and scarves,bathing suits and much more.
Its my passion to help people and I love what I do every day!
Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and underwent a partial mastectomy followed by 6 weeks of radiation therapy at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton. When she met Barb in 2010 and realized her passion for the “Cause” Anne then realized that she could also help women by having walked in their shoes. Anne became a Certified Mastectomy/Compression Fitter and joined Barb at Bodymed Boutique where she shows compassion, understanding and respect in helping you through this journey.
How it Started
My name is Janet Cockburn. I am a Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother and Grandmother. In 1995 at 43 years of age, I had a lumpectomy then a mastectomy. In 1998, I was an original member of a Dragonboat Team of breast cancer survivors. We call ourselves “Knot-a-Breast”. It was the best thing I could have done to help me heal both physically and emotionally. Being part of the team has made me realize how good it feels to give and receive the help and support of others. It also made me aware that being active is the best therapy on this road called SURVIVAL.
I soon discovered that it was hard to find a good sportsbra for women who have had breast surgery, hence the creation of the janac- mastectomy wear sportsbra. I then discovered another problem: my regular prosthesis did not look right in a sportsbra. So I experimented and developed what I think is the perfect solution. My product is called Been-A-Boob® , for obvious reasons, it’s going where a boob had been!! It simulates a real breast in a sportsbra and reacts like a real breast when exercising.
As you can probably tell, I have a sense of humour. Being on the Dragonboat team has helped me tremendously: we laugh and joke about our bodies – definitely all shapes and sizes, with or without breasts. We have developed confidence in ourselves for who we are – not what we look like. I want to help spread this confidence, so get out there, laugh most of the time, cry some of the time, but exercise and stay healthy and you can face anything that life brings.
Regards, Janet, janac
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