Lorna Drew Mastectomy Lingerie has announced the winner of its ‘Everyday Superwoman’ competition.
The company confirmed that the “well-deserved” winner of the competition was Debbie Murphy, 39, from Cardiff, a single mum to a three-year-old son who has been both her biggest supporter and her main focus through her treatment for breast cancer.
Lorna Drew created the Everyday Superwoman campaign to promote the use of relatable role models for women going through breast cancer treatment.
As part of the application for the competition, it asked every woman to share their experience of breast cancer treatment.
The company released Debbie’s account of her story: “I’m a single mum to a fabulous three-year-old boy. He was my only focus during chemotherapy, radiotherapy, three surgeries and ongoing treatment. We embraced such difficult times together with very limited family support due to geographic location. We snuggled up together when I was too poorly to get up, then explored and built precious memories together, during the limited non-poorly time. Hearing your child say you are beautiful with a bald head and no breasts has reinforced recognition that our bodies do not define us as people.
“It is who we are on the inside that matters most. I am proud of my scars. These scars represent a future with my little boy. My body shape represents the safe environment I kept my son in before he entered the world. Although confident with my body image, I am fast approaching my 40th birthday! I want to start dating! I want to radiate glamour, sexiness, and be comfortable in lingerie wear. I want to move on from my sports bra! No matter what diagnosis and treatments I have had to have, and the constant mental battle of ‘what ifs?’, I am so grateful to be alive and living life.”
Lorna Murchie, managing director of Lorna Drew, said: “This is a prime example of why we call this competition ‘Everyday Superwoman’. These are real women battling a real life crisis under difficult circumstances. Cancer dose not just affect the women fighting it, it has a much wider reach into women’s lives, and that of their families. I feel incredibly humbled to meet such a fantastic group of amazing women, Debbie is a deserving winner.”
The finalists’ photos were judged by expert modelling, photography, lingerie industry experts and cancer charity Look Good Feel Better.
The winner of the competition receives a year’s supply of mastectomy lingerie and will be the face of the brand’s 2016 Mastectomy Catalogue.