Smiling For the Camera
Pauline's confidence inspired other Real Women that they, too, can look and feel great.
Our recent series from the Amoena Life magazine included Pauline's story: In 2001 she underwent a lumpectomy, followed soon thereafter by chemo and mastectomy.
The opening ceremonies of 2012’s Summer Olympics showed the world, in spectacular fashion, that the UK’s National Health System (NHS) is a point of great pride in the United Kingdom – and Pauline credits it for her excellent medical care throughout an ongoing cancer journey. “The dedication and access to treatments has been fantastic,” she says. Able to receive medications through drug trials and the National Cancer Drugs fund, she recognizes that this system is helping her live life to the fullest while she continues to battle secondary cancer in her liver. (At the time of this writing [September 2012] the liver cancer was thankfully in regression.)
She was disappointed when costs and NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) guidelines required her to be taken off Herceptin after three and a half years, while other women continue on it longer in the hopes of slowing down the disease. Otherwise, she’s had strong medical support.
Beautiful bra and panty sets like Rebecca helped Pauline feel pretty after surgery. See our entire mastectomy bra collection.
After her first treatment round, Pauline experienced the fear of “What if it comes back?” which she knows is universal. “I think that never leaves your emotions and thoughts. I know ladies after 20 years who still have that fear.” But she also knows there is life after cancer. Reading Amoena Life really helped her feel less alone, she says. After her first fitting in a lacy Amoena bra, she helped the magazine in return! During this time, Pauline had joined a new support group consisting of younger ladies diagnosed with breast cancer who had had mastectomies too. "When we met up and got chatting, it was often about the same topic - we all wanted more colourful and exciting lingerie to help with our body image and of course to feel great!" But as they looked at the catalogues together, they knew the models were professionals, not survivors.
She and her friends wrote in, suggesting that “real women” should serve as models alongside the professional models. “We wanted more ladies to think, ‘Well, we could look great in that, too!’” Pauline modeled swimwear for us in 2005, and had a great time.