Cancer Be Glammed was born out of friendship. It wasn’t founded in a corporate office but over many late nights at my kitchen table. It was started by two mothers, close friends who experienced first-hand how hard it can be to hang onto your identity and self-esteem while battling the side effects of cancer treatment.
Cancer Be Glammed began out of my own frustration during my treatment for Breast Cancer. In a very short period of time I became bald, breast-less, and bloated from surgery and chemotherapy. It was soul destroying.
My good friend Ellen Weiss Kander understood my despair and offered to help. We started searching for great products and fashion solutions to help me look and feel better like beautiful headscarves, stylish mastectomy bras, and fashionable alternatives to my “chemo uniform” of sweatpants and denim work shirt. We found it difficult and soon realized that other women must be facing the same challenges.
In 2010, we co-founded Cancer Be Glammed to help women diagnosed with all forms of cancer recover with confidence, self-esteem, and style. Yes, I said the S word style!
We launched our website, www.CancerBeGlammed.com to provide women with a single resource that provides easy, online access to fashionable yet practical recovery products and style solutions. And we offer a thoughtful gift selection for family and friends that want to show their love and support.
It’s been a little over two years since we launched and Cancer Be Glammed continues to evolve. It will always be a work in progress, thanks to the many women in our CBG community that share their hard-won wisdom and advice about diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond.
In fact, some of the best products we feature are “Survivor Inspired,” created by women who couldn’t find a recovery solution and created their own. Much like how Cancer Be Glammed got started.
Last summer, my dear friend Ellen passed away from liver cancer. She was generous, smart, warm-hearted, very funny, and extremely stylish; a great business partner and an even better friend. It was tempting to shut down Cancer Be Glammed—too painful to continue without her. But CBG is her legacy. It was her passion to help all women with cancer and as she would say, her hope that, “Cancer Be Glammed will take away some of your stress, guesswork, and legwork on your road to recovery.” I hope so too.
As always, we wish you Well,