CLEVELAND, Ohio (WEWS) — Two Ohio women are empowering others by helping those battling breast cancer feel and look better during treatment.
Denise West holds many titles, including the title of breast cancer survivor. In 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“No one in my family had ever had breast cancer,” she said. “We went in to do a biopsy and it had spread to the lymph nodes, so therefore classified as stage two.”
West became familiarized with the scrubs that she, and other women, had to wear while undergoing chemotherapy at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. These scrubs allow patients to access their chemo ports easily, but West says they are very uncomfortable. So she searched online for better scrubs.
“I wanted something to be classy, to make a woman feel good,” West said.
But no luck.
West’s husband helped put her in touch with a Cleveland fashion designer Diane Linston, who is the owner of “DYL Designs,” a clothing manufacturing company on East 36th and Payne.
So that women can still look fashionable and stylish during chemotherapy treatments, the pair created and designed blouses with velcro openings at the front and sides. Matching headscarves are included with the blouse design.
The focus group was created to assist the duo in designing their blouses.
“We just wanted to get their input on the idea of would you buy this? What would there be a need for this type?”
COVID-19 has obviously caused production and shipping delays but the duo hopes that their blouses will be posted online.
Coming soon: The website of “D West & Company”. They also plan to sell the blouses at hospital gift shops.