IF YOU GO
WHAT Inspirations Boutique
WHEN Noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday; noon to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
WHERE 3469 S. Dupont Highway in Camden
INFO Visit Inspirations Boutique on Facebook or call 698-5299
Peggy Bailey has found a way to use the grief that cancer caused her ─ after her daughter was diagnosed with the disease six years ago ─ to help others.
Bailey’s solution was opening her new Camden business Inspirations Boutique ─ located on 3469 S. Dupont Highway earlier this year.
The boutique offers inspirational gifts and apparel, wigs, prosthetic breasts, mastectomy bras and more for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The shop accepts Medicare insurance for some products, such as the prosthetic breasts and mastectomy bras.
Q How did your daughter, Tricia Robinson, motivate you to start Inspirations Boutique?
A Tricia is the breast cancer survivor, so she’s the inspiration behind Inspirations Boutique. During her process of treatment, there was not really anywhere local for her to go to get supplies that she needed. There were not any inspirational gifts to buy for a loved one [with cancer] unless you traveled 30 minutes away.
Q What’s the most popular item you sell?
A Bras and prosthetic breasts, because women who’ve had mastectomies, they’re biggest concern is they want to get back to feeling like normal women, so they come in right after their surgery to get fitted for the bras and prosthesis.
Q Can you describe the process of how you fit a woman for a prosthetic breast?
A Sometimes people have double mastectomies and have both breasts removed, so they’ll get two prosthesis. You just measure around their chest. It’s very private. You take them in the back room in a very private space. Then we find a mastectomy bra that’s suitable for their needs.
Q How is a mastectomy bra different from a regular bra?
A Mastectomy bras have a special pocket in them. But regular bras you buy at Walmart or JC Penny’s don’t have a pocket in them that will hold the prosthetic breast in place.
Q What are some of the most common insurance companies that Inspirations Boutique accepts?
A We accept Medicare insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Conventry Health Care, Aetna. Most insurance companies will pay for the client’s bras and the prosthesis. That’s the most important thing women need to know, because they don’t realize that. We’ve had women come in here and they’ve been wearing the same one for 10 years, because they don’t understand that they can get a new one every two years and they can get bras every six months.
Q What does it mean to you knowing that your boutique is selling hope?
A It’s personal, because I know what my daughter felt like with both her breasts cut off and a scar across her body. She would have to go into doctor’s offices and expose her body after having her breasts removed. I know as a caregiver how the person feels when you have to come in and take your clothes off and stand exposed to another person that you really don’t know and let them look at you and touch you. It’s very, very hard to do that. Opening this business, I knew that I could feel what they felt, because my daughter has been through that.