BREAST CANCER: Achieving normality, with a bra
IT'S AMAZING what a difference some carefully positioned silicone and lace can make after breast surgery.
Tracey Grills has seen the transformation for herself. Mrs Grills, of Kawana, fits and sells lingerie and prosthetics for women who have had breast surgery.
"I've turned up at homes and found bras in the bin and half the other clothes there as well," she said.
"But that's the satisfy- ing part of the job - to see them (customers) in tears when they see how normal they look.
"That's the most important part of the job - getting them back to normality."
Mrs Grills stumbled into the world of lingerie and prosthetics by accident.
"If you'd told me I'd be doing this four years ago, I would have bet my house against it and be living in a tent," she said.
Well established in her career as an account manager, she decided it was time to "give something back" and volunteered for the McGrath Foundation.
At the suggestion of one of the foundation'sa breast cancer care nurses, she began a mobile prosthetics business.
She still operates the mobile business but recently opened a lingerie and prosthetics shop at the Wesley Hospital Choices Centre in Brisbane and a second store in Maroochydore, on the corner of First and Memorial Aves, on November 4 last year. www.traceyg.com.
The Tracey G shop is only the second in Australia - the other is in Canberra - to have an in-store Amoena boutique stocking products by what is regarded as a world leader in prosthetics, lingerie, swimwear and sportswear for women who have had breast surgery.
Mrs Grills said the range of bras, swimsuits and sportswear with bilateral pockets for prosthesis had expanded considerably for women and well beyond what she could carry in her
car. "This way, they can walk in and shop at their leisure," she said.
But she said the range would suit women who had not had surgery equally as well.