Hi - just picked up this thread. If you want an unusual location, I live in an old Napoleonic Fort in Cornwall, on Plymouth Sound. My husband is a great photographer and I could send you a photo of me on a nice, luxury motor boat in our harbour, or beside our outdoor pool. Beautiful Italian hanging gardens as a backdrop. I had WLE,total axillary removal - size 38C, but got a great swimsuit - 63 yrs (going on 50 friends tell me) 5'2", blonde and size 12/14. Or, if anyone locally with a mastectomy wants to come here, am happy to accommodate.
Great job you are doing.
Hi, not sure if i'd be any good, but i am a photographer, would only use natural light though as i always think it looks better, my services are here if needed, i have had a recon and have no desire to be photographed, but free service if you want it
Just a note to say that things are progressing well. I have had a discussion with the national newspaper that wants to help us get this calendar developed and we need at least 12 to 15 volunteers so inevitably there will be some disappointment.
That aside lets remember girls this is for charity and to get our cause out there in the open.
To enable us to kick this off and get our calendar in the shops before xmas, we need as many interested people as possible to send me photos. Waist up or full length. Photos to be sent to me by Sunday 5th August, I know this is short notice, but with the support onboard that we have, we need to get so much co-ordinated, and we need to start doing this quickly to pull everything together if we want this done for this October (breast awareness month).
many thanks for this, and it is really getting excited for this to be done actually.
I am getting so much support and help it is great, I have sent the details to the companies for the garments, I have also tried to source ballgowns etc, but I am not giving up so I will let you know how I get on. I have a few more leads to try so good luck to us.
it looks like we might all have travel to London for the photoshoots, so anyone got problems with travelling please let us know so that we can arrange alteranatives.
Yep, I'll double up anywhere you like and I will give it a go in undies, swim suit etc...but I bet I'll look a right b.....
Birthdate October if that's anything to do with it.
I'm Marilyn from Lancashire.
42D, mastectomy with immediate TRAM reconstruction. Last FEC 13th March so hair now about 3/4".
I think recon looks good in underwear - appart from lack of nipple and belly button looking slightly unusual.
You can join in our gang, but you may have to double up on the calendar months though should you want to do a month that is already taken, because we are attracting loads of interest. We are doing lingerie, swimwear, and hopefully trying to get ball gowns, are you able to do them all or do you wish to do only certain ones. Whatever you are happy with is fine. I need to know earliest so that we can notify the companies that are giving us the garments Still trying to source the gowns though, but hopefully it will come through.
I'm 40D bust (only one boob left) and I live in Lancashire. I've tried writing to 'How To Look Good Naked' ....I thought I've give Gok Wan a run for his money..."Here my boy, try to make a good cleavage out of my one boob"....but they don't seem to be taking me up on my offer.....PAH!!!....who needs 'em....
Is there a theme yet? Ballgowns will need stunning jewellery. Maybe we all have a glamorous one in our cupboards with all the accessories?
Many thanks for this, we will add it to the list, I agree with the title, and love the Living Dolls better.
I will let you know of the updates as we get them. I am trying to get ball gowns for us to wear for the shoot, so hopefully it should go well.
hi aroma,i'm size 12, 34C, would be happy to model anything for any month......bit dubious about the title which includes BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS 2008 though [sorry bit of a pesimist ] like the 'Living Dolls'......speak to you soon.
It is fine that you dont want to do swimwear, we are happy to go with what you are comfortable with so no worries. I know what it was like when I got my two comfies, it was over 12 weeks before I got my stick on ones, as the scar and healing process did take time. I took mine off at night, and still do, and sometimes at weekends if I am not going out or no-one is visiting, I keep them off to give my skin a breather, with the adhesive against the skin. It is just passed 2 years I have been wearing mine and it is just like putting your lippy on, I feel dressed and able to face the world when I have my 'girls' on. !!
I am trying to source gowns to hopefully be able to use for the shoot, but if there is anything that you may enjoy wearing and you feel fantastic in, please feel free to wear this, as I said it is what you are most confident and comfortable doing and wearing.
it would be good if the magazine contact comes through, but ok if they dont,
I am still definitely ok for this - would like to do evening gown or some sort of clothes really. I have mastectomy in March and am only using the lightweight comfie which I pin into a normal bra - mastectomy bras dig in a bit and cant wear one for a long amount of time (Breast nurse said this will improve over time). Dont mind modelling one for calendar though. Dont want to do swimwear. Dont mind what month I do either - easy going with that.
Already given sizes to you so should be ok there.
Sorry havent come up with any news on magazine contact - still waiting for reply - I am chasing regularly though.
coMe on girls things are really moving on now but we cant do it without your imput so post us your details on private messages if you want .SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!! LYNN XX
ALL Who are committed to this, please let us know, as we are nearing getting this done, we have definate links and confirmed support, so we need to get the garments organised.
Can you also advise what garments you are comfortable doing, Lingerie, Swimwear and some of you suggested evening gowns, perhaps this is something we could look into, I will contact several companies that may give us gowns for the calendar. But I need to know if you all want this.
I really need this information at your earliest, as we need to get this sorted sooner rather than later, Anyone who has still not given their sizes to either Lynn (aroma) or myself then please do so,
many thanks for this, and it wont be long before we are there.
Well I think we are getting there, I had my meeting with BCC today, went really well, but not sure if I can put what they said on here, !! It was very positive lets just say that... and they are going to speak to the relevant personnel to take this through... all good news, and some good ideas were put on the table from them...
I do like the living dolls idea,,,,
I will contact the companies to see what they want from us wearing their lingerie or swimwear, I have discussed this with BCC too today, as we dont want to offend anyone in respect of the companies lingerie, and our supporters, as well as the women that we are doing this for... as well as us..
As far as I am aware also is that as long as there is no nudity or sexual natures, then it is up to us what we do, so perhaps once we find out which months each person wants to do, then we could work around each persons lifestyle, as we want it to be realistic and not just the look of a lingerie catalogue,
I was thinking that we could have one big photo of each person on each month, with several different ones around them. This way we could all get to wear swimwear, lingerie, and perhaps clothes... not sure where we could get glamorous evening wear donated,,, does someone know anyone that owns a evening gown shop???
My thinking cap is back on again...
We really need a copywriter but for what its worth here are a few suggestions:
Tops off, Tops on again! - The Breast Cancer Survivors Calendar 2008
Defying Breast Cancer
A United Front
Upfront and Upbeat
No perfect but proud to present The Breast Cancer Calendar 2008
Abreast with the times
hi all well ideas are coming thick and fast now keep it up, like the living dolls one immensely. !i think black and white may not be what the companies that are donating the items would want, maybe background could be and clothes could be in colour. but thats the sort of ideas we need. w'ell all need aspirins after all this thinking!!! speak soon wendy and hayley i dont think we have you sizes yet. lynn xx
Hi Girls, well I AM impressed, seems like there is no stopping us lot when we get a good idea!! I am waiting for a reply from my contact at the magazine to see if she wants to help out - will let you know asap.
I am in Maidstone, am 32B and dress size 8/10. Thought it might be nice to also involve some 'glamour' shots of girls in dresses (to show that going out, dressing for dinner etc isnt a problem with the right clothes and underwear) - rather than just doing underwear -think that doing something a little different which give us more chance of being successful. Perhaps have a theme to include dressing for various occassions - wedding guest (or bride), evening dress, casual day out etc. What about GIRLS ON TOP for a title ? !!!
ps.Glad my Trevor Sorbie idea has taken off.
Just found the WI calendar on the web - what a success story. We have to do even better and with BC on the national news today we certainly should have no problem finding sponsors and fame - we certainly deserve it!
Anyone got a copy of the WI calendar for ideas? The graphic designer will probably be able to come up with a title and theme. My son works in marketing so have asked him for ideas. My gut feeling says this is going to be BIG.
What about doing the callander in black and white and having it bound with a pink spiral spine and possible putting the pink ribbon logo on each page (would have to get permission for this). Black and white is cheaper to produce than colour but the people providing the undies might want them in colour?
Olivia you have some great ideas - skiing in a bikini - perhaps we could get a mink one for you (only joking) Also what about if the less sporty ladies could be photographed playing a musical instrument or line dancing or some other fun activity?
Run out of ideas now
great news on graphic designer ,we do need as much free things as we can . this idea is really taking off and hopefully we will reach our goal of raising awareness of this disease. keep up the ideas re a theme, and title for the calendar, im all for the bubbly!!! take care all thinking caps on!!! love lynn xx
I am happy to pose in yoga positions or skiing in a bikini, if necessary, and can provide the clothing and accessories. Or even weight lifting. I like the idea of a different theme for each month and a group picture on the cover maybe. It could definitely be a bit racy with few feather boas, fans, glass of bubbly - we are survivors strutting our stuff and telling the world there is life after BC. Puppydog 1 - you are doing a fantastic job.
Wel girls I think this is getting better by the minute, I had a chat this afternoon with a company that are graphic designers, Their directors mum unfortunately passed away last year with BC, and she is more than happy to help us, however their partner director is on holiday and wont be back till next week, but they are certain that this will be something that they would be more than happy to help with , but need to run it passed all the partner directors..
This is great news and hopefully they will help us, I have also had some more companies contact us with regards to publicity and promotion of the callendar, as well as this done for free.!! This is the word I like to hear 'FREE'. So I think so far we are not doing too badly for getting goodwill gestures for this idea, I know it is not why we are doing this, but it is great how much support and help they are offering to us, especially from their busy schedules too.
We do need to start getting together, to discuss this idea further, as it looks like after we get things in place it could be fast forward to getting it done prior to either October (breast awareness month), or if that is not achievable then definatelly before xmas for stocking fillers. !!
We need to know who is definately committed at this stage.
yes perhaps the water-skiing idea was a bit ambitious! I reckon i could get access to most of the other stuff golf clubs, tennis racket, (even tramploine!) etc. Have tried to send you the photographers phone no but can't get the hang of the private messaging service - will try again later
Another idea - how about each photo had a seasonal theam ie December decorating the tree in ones undies? Easter making pancakes, August building sand castles? I suppose this might sound a bit frivilous - don't want to upset anyone?
thinking of a title ,maybe we could call it, Cme, or cup cakes!! ,anyone got any ideas, we are struggling with a title and theme so get your thinking caps on folks!! got to be differant,but also letting people know just what we are about. looking forward to suggestions, love lynn xx
I am not sure how we could get props of ski-ing, riding etc, I think it is a great idea though. Have you spoken to your brother with regards to his services of a photographer for us?? Perhaps he has props like these, or backgrounds???
With regards to a theme for the callander. How about everyone doing something fun like a sport or hobby (swimming, water skiing, riding golf etc? or else just doing 'normal stuff - hanging out washing, polishing the car , ironing ( not sure how this would quite fit in with the sexy underwear though!). Something that shows that people can come through the surgery and hopefully live full and active lives again.
I have some of your sizes etc, but we now need the remainder of you that havent given us those. We also need the months that you want to be in, if you have no preference then that is fine, we will sort out the months that are free for you to choose.
We also need to know if you are lingerie or swimwear or want to do both. So that we can get these garments ordered from the companies prior to this commencing.
We are still also thinking of a theme too. Any suggestions would be good.
thanks for all of your help
I am happy to model anything - 32 B - lumpectomies x 2, rads, Tamoxifen and now on Arimidex. Am 18 from the back and 68 from the front but tall,slim and blonde and live in London! Not bothered about which month but love skiing and yoga. Am trying hard to think of a theme. Perhaps it could feature us doing a particular activity we like - maybe something we took up after BC but whatever proud to be calendar girls.
Just had confirmation from several companies that will donate lingerie and swimwear to us for the calendar, Obviously this will be the most current seasonal items, so that women can purchase what we are wearing in the photograph. This is great news and a great start. I know you have given your sizes etc to Lynn (Aroma), so I will get them and forward them to the companies so that they can supply the items we need.
Can you also confirm that you wish to do swimwear as well as lingerie or just one or the other?
things are getting better for us, and hopefully soon we will be doing this.
thanks for everyone that is helping us do this, and thanks to all that are supporting us.
Many thanks for recognising that we are not doing a (tasteless) callendar, but more on a point that us women although having had breast surgery and wearing prosthesis can still look as sexy and glamourous as anyone else. It is also to show companies that we can look fantastic wearing lingerie, for mastectomy products, showing the bra being worn by women wearing prosthesis being more realistic than their models they use that have clearly not had mastectomy.!!
It would be great if you could give us the details of your brother (via private message if you want), so that we can see what his requirements are, and where he lives, as we might have to travel to london . Any help on this is greatfully appreciated.
As you have read in this topic, we have had some really good feedback and support, and hopefully getting some more. I have had some more phone calls with regards to this, and it is getting more positive each time. So it is looking really good.
I first though your idea of a callander was a bit tasteless (sorry!) but the more i read the posts the more it seems like a realy good idea . Anything to make people more aware that this disease can strike anyone. Hope you manage to get it off the ground. My brother is a professional photographer and would be happy to help ( with shoots and promotion) when you have a bit more of an idea where this is headed.
Just had confirmation from some companies that will give us mastectomy lingerie for the callendar, I need all your sizes for bras. They are going to give us some in various styles and sizes, (I mean it is of course publicity for them),
Trevor Sorbie has confirmed that he will assist us with this, (so if any one needs wigs he is there to help on this, since he is good at doing wigs ). Also make up artist he has contacts, and will get back to me this week via his PR lady.
I have written to loads of places for help on the callendar making, I have also contacted the Calendar Girls who did one last year to see where they went, they are going to get back to me tomorrow. Hopefully with news of where they went and we can go too.
I have also written to various magazines and tv programmes, so hopefully they will come back soon.
Also, we need a theme for this callendar, so any thoughts on this, let us know. Also, who wants to do which month, if you have no preference then we will see what is free on the months and do that one, or we could do groups month when we are all in it.
Anything else you can think of let us know, so please let me know which month and your size so that I can send this to the companies for the bras to be sent to me and I can arrange for them to be sent to you to try on prior to the event, in case they dont fit and you need a different size.
thanks for this and speak soon
calendar, hi has anyone else got any contacts in the industry who would be willing to help with this as interest seems to be waning. lynn x
I am back from holidays, and it was great although too hot, (the sea water was hotter than my bath water, which made my stick on prosthesis unstick, so a bit of a nightmare, as the pockets in the swimsuits are oblong or square and my prosthesis are both triangle shaped !! when will these companies learn that square and oblong does not fit a triangle !!
Anyway, I have just read and caught up with the updates, so just still on to the case of getting this calendar moving forward.
I have a meeting with the fundraising team in the BCC offices next friday, as they have contacts with the team that have done calendars in the past, so they are going to look out the information that is needed for us to do this.
I have not heard from the various people that I had sent e-mails, accept from Trevor Sorbie, and a professional photographer who is willing to help on the photographs etc, I have also wrote to This morning, and various magazines, and all looking into how they can help us too. I will keep you informed.
Taffy, I am in S Wales too, so if we needed to travel together this would be good.
Hopefully I can get really onto it next week after the meeting with BCC offices.
anything anyone else can think of let me know and I will try and see if they can help.
hi thanks for the advice re message , i did try but it came up as not known when i put moderator in . hope this gets to you. i need as much advice as i can about getting the calendar up and running. lynn have tried to send you private message but still not coming up .
I have been off site for a while but would love to be inclued.Am a 38b-double mastectomy no reconstruction- size 14/16 aged 48 not glamerous but willilng!! could travel from s.wales .
Just to say I think your idea is brilliant and wish you lots of luck with it!
I'm not in the position to offer my body yet, but may be in the near future, am having a WLE next Monday, not sure what the outcome of this will be and whether i will need further surgery e.g mastectomy or not. If I do get away with a lumpectomy (which i am really keeping my fingers crossed for!) I can offer my mis-shapen scarred (my lump is right in my cleavage) boobs to you! Not sure of the time-scale, but if mastectomy is needed, with re-construction etc, it will depend on when you go ahead with this whether I'll be 'finished' or not.
Not so sure about being photographed post-chemo, with sparse eyebrows/ lashes!!! I very good make-up artist would be necessary!
Just for the record if I was needed I am 41, blonde/brunette - dependending on which wig I wear! and size 12/14 and currently 36B (about to be reduced on one side!)
I'll keep reading posts on this fantastic idea and even if I'm not being photographed would be interested in meeting up with you all when you go ahead with it!
Nicky (41 and 65)
Has anyone tried to get in touch with media, newspapers, TV such as good morning or GMTV. They might be interested especially with October coming.Just a thought
hi all, just to say we are still working on this idea ,just waiting for sponsors to come forward with help.if you know anyone please let us know. love lynn x
I'm a size 12 usually. Some shops I can get away with a 10. I live in Aldershot so not far from London. Look forward to hearing from you. Love Lisa x
My dress size is 14 at the top and 10 at the bottom.....bit of a miss shape eh? Bra size 34DD m&s 34E in supermarket ones.
When we gonna meet up cannot wait.