Mom turns cancer diagnosis into a career

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  • Andrea Farrell was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 months after giving birth
  • She underwent chemotherapy, double mastectomy
  • After being cleared of cancer, she started apparel line for patients

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Mom turns cancer diagnosis into a career

Andrea Farrell was a new mom with a three month old baby boy when she was given devastating news: She had breast cancer.

After this diagnosis, the former Colts cheerleader learned she also carried the BRCA1 gene mutation. That mutation raises a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer by as much as 87%. It is the same gene mutation that Angelina Jolie recently announced she has.

After her 2012 diagnosis, Andrea underwent chemotherapy, followed by a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. One day after her son’s first birthday, she received the news she had waited for: She was cancer free.

Now, nearly a year after her reconstruction surgery, Andrea is working on a new venture. Blush Life Apparel is a unique line of bras for women recovering from mastectomy surgery and reconstruction.

Andrea said one of the hardest parts of life during cancer treatment is the loss of femininity. Along with both her breasts, she lost her hair, eyebrows and eye lashes. Her hope with this line of bras is to provide women with comfort AND style. Andrea is also an inspiration to other survivors. She volunteers with the American Cancer society and was their survivor speaker at the Gulf Coast Making Strides event last year.

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