Lingerie loveliness after breast surgery

Finding the right bra is no easy task at the best of times. But for most of us, the search is a walk in the park compared with the difficulties faced by thousands of women looking for a bra – any bra! – after breast surgery.

Every year, 50,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer and they all need to replace their bras immediately. One such woman was next Sunday’s guest Sue Pringle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40. Following a mastectomy and reconstruction after two inconclusive lumpectomies and a further lumpectomy 10 years later, she just wasn’t satisfied with the choices on offer.

So she decided to put an end to tears in the changing room, to turn what she calls her ‘grump’ into a business – and millie lingerie was born…

Sue joins the Girls Around Town in the studio to talk about how, after a long and successful career in product development and marketing with retailers such as Clarks, Boots and Interflora, she’s just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help move the millie bra from prototype to production.

Sign up to support the campaign and you can take your pick from a series of ‘rewards’, whether you want to be among the first to own a millie, give one to a special friend or family member or help someone else feel a little lingerie loveliness by choosing to make a gift of a millie (or millies) to one of their charity partners, Nottingham Hospitals Charity or Keeping Abreast.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon when Sue tells June and Tina about her mission to find ways of making it easier, more accessible and just as much fun as it should be for women to buy a bra after breast surgery.

Fighting cancer, living life

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When writer, editor and teacher of creative writing Jackie Buxton was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2013, she did what she always does when life presents her with a ‘bit of a challenge’- she wrote it down…

Her thoughts soon found their way into her blog. When she posted about losing her hair, that chemo could be fun or about the foods to try when it makes everything taste of mud stirred with bicarbonate of soda, people wrote to say that her blog had helped. It had calmed their nerves and made them smile.

A year after diagnosis, realising she had so much more to say Jackie joined forces with Urbane Publications to produce Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life. The result is a unique mix of her original blog posts and further thoughts and experiences of everything from mouth ulcers to premature menopause, chemo cough to twitchy legs, together with a light-hearted look at what to say and what not to say when someone tells you they have cancer.

Jackie joins June, Tina and Sue on this Sunday’s show to share some of the highs and lows of the past three years. She’s also be talking to the Girls Around Town about the inspiration behind her new novel Glass Houses, the story of two women, their stupid mistakes and the devastation they cause, as well as the silver linings.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to hear Jackie describe how she set out to give hope to everyone who has to cope with this devastating illness by making Tea & Chemo  ‘the book I wanted to read when I was diagnosed – the truth coated with positivity and optimism’.