Owner, Mastectomy Bras, Swimwear & Prosthetics Online Store
My first real job after leaving school was with Coles Supermarkets back in the day when some stores had what they called a Variety department…similar to a K-Mart and a Coles supermarket under the same roof. Back in those days, a lot of people just simply “fell” into a job, not really thinking too much about what is was they really wanted to do. Because of that, many of us, including me, just stuck with the job we had, like it or not.
I did that until my early to mid 20s when I had my family…2 kids..a girl and a boy who have both left home now. Brandon, 24 is at Uni and working part time, and Stephanie, 22 is in the Navy based in Perth at the moment…Now theres a career! She’s been to many countries already and does some pretty cool stuff….and also gets paid pretty well!!
After I had my family, I started working part time at Energizer (batteries) as a part time merchandiser….Another job I just fell into. This job lasted nearly 20 years in 3 states performing many different roles during that time. In the last few years of my time there, I started running Initimo Lingerie parties after hours to earn a little extra cash, where I met a lady named Cathy Apelt, who was a McGrath Breast Care nurse. You can read about the McGrath Foundation online if you want to know a little more. Anyway, Cathy suggested I meet with a rep from a company called Amoena, who produce silicone breast prosthesis and post mastectomy garments for ladies who have had mastectomies as a result of breast cancer, and weren’t going down the path of breast reconstruction.
I met with Glenda from Amoena, who told me a bit about the company and what they do. It sounded quite challenging at the same time as being rewarding..being able to help ladies look and feel whole again. I was trained and certified by Amoena as a fitter, and started visiting ladies in their own homes to fit them for breast prosthesis and post mastectomy lingerie. I did this for a few years before taking the plunge and opening Tracey G Prosthetics and Lingerie in Maroochydore. We also have a small store that is situated on the grounds of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Our offer is unique, in that nearly all of the products we sell are for ladies who have had breast cancer…they are our #1 focus, unlike other fashion outlets, who barely cater for them, if at all.
Next year, we plan to open a store in Toowoomba which is very exciting. Every job has its ups and downs, but in my job, I get to help people make them feel better about themselves every day which is great. I have established great working relationships with many breast care nurses and surgeons all over QLD. Many of my clients come from referrals that these professionals have made on my behalf, simply due to the quality of service the team at Tracey G offer. We take pride in how we act in our stores and how our stores look when people visit us….First impressions are lasting ones!
My husband Shane, who up until recently sold Harley Davidson motorcycles, now works with me in the business taking care of our web presence, advertising, accounting and just about anything else I can think of.
At age 49, I can honestly say that this job is the first one I ever made a conscious decision to pursue. I love my work and the people I work with. Sometimes its emotional, confronting, challenging, rewarding and occasionally frustrating, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
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