Survivor Friendly, ® a one-stop-shop bridging your needs to the latest options for cancer patients and survivors with grace. Survivor Friendly ® carries custom and off-the-self mastectomy breast prosthesis, breast cancer mastectomy bras, wigs, hats, accessories, compression garments, natural skin and lotion products, and much more. Our BOC-certified fitters provide proper consultation to understand your needs and goals. Support groups and education sessions are available, covering a range of topics.”
After breast surgery, many women feel they will never be whole again. At Survivor Friendly, we believe physical and emotional healing goes hand in hand. A caring attitude, a private supportive environment, and attention to your individual needs help to enhance that emotional healing.
We further believe that life should be about choices….do I want to wear a black or white bra today, or maybe one with lace or even a smooth cup mastectomy bra? Do I care if breast forms match my skin color if they are going inside a bra? What does insurance cover?
We constantly strive to provide not only a mastectomy product but a valuable service. You can go anywhere to buy mastectomy products, but the wrong fit can have long-term effects on your posture, back, and self-confidence. Our certified filters will assist you with your selections and compression by understanding your desired outcome and helping you get there by informing you about product choices that allow you to be in control.
Our Story: Jacquline, the owner lost her mom at the age 8 to breast cancer, and her dad in June 2020 due to Cancer. The collection of her experiences and working with survivors in this area, backed by NC State research confirmed a need for a one-stop-shop Durable Medical Equipment company focused only on essentials for Breast Cancer diagnoses. There is a lack of variety for different ethnicities, product vendors, and honestly, the personal touch needed to assist women with this transition. There is a need here in North Carolina and industry-wide. “I can’t tell you the number of stores, multi insurance claims, and just the sheer frustration of getting personal items to assist me during my journey to live”, said Jackie. Due to the intense nature of treatment provided to cancer patients, there are many side effects. There is a shortage of knowledge dissemination, support channels, and products for survivors to regain confidence in their daily lives.
The owner and operator of Survivor Friendly beat Cancer for the 3rd time after being clinically declared Cancer free. Five tumors from 2013 to 2020, a lumpectomy and two bi-lateral mastectomies, and many surgeries in between. “I cherish each day I breathe life, but my heart is burdened by the lack of resources available to people like me while traveling through my health journey and I plan to do something about it”, said Jackie.
My chest is full of scars, and most of the time, I use to change in the dark so my husband, who loves me more than life, will not see me. Though I am the most confidant person you will meet, the day I took off my bandages to reveal my new body without breasts was unimaginable. For a moment, I questioned everything; I was confused, mad. I avoided a mirror for weeks, and a flat chest makes my stomach stick out even further. God had to help me accept this new me, and I am still on that path. Yet, I am forced to buy my mastectomy products from stores and vendors who have random people who don’t understand my struggle, surgeries, proper measurements, and unintended reaction from seeing my scars. The fact I can’t quickly get prosthetics close to my skin color is disheartening.
My body will never be the same; to revalidate me being a woman while being thankful is a dichotomy challenging to balance. Now add the slowly growing hair back, the missing eyebrows, darken nails, swollen body, missing eyelashes, and early menopausal symptoms all started when I was just 34. I am thankful for health insurance, but there were many gap exceptions (because of lack of resources in my area), and the delayed repayment was an issue, and I managed. But walking into an uneducated business or a specialty shop that slotted 30min appointments that allow only seconds to ask questions push me in a place to do something, and I did.
Our History : Survivor Freindly started three year ago in partner ship with Genuine Self Images , 501c3. Its mission to raise awarness in the marketplace of side effect to help survivor transtion to normaly during their shopping expeirnce and workplace. We also distributed bags to differnt Cancer centers and mask overseas to provide for free beautiy essential not covered by insurance.
In 2020 we purchased a beautiful building and created a beautiful space for breast Cancer survivors to encounter intimate and personal experiences. Survivor Friendly will be the first in all of Eastern US to be a one-stop-shop for specialty items for Cancer survivors and women (DEMOS) only focused on mastectomy products, cranial prosthetic wigs, and other personal care needs.