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Pocomoke City Store Offers Cancer Survivors Unique Service

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- The girl chatter heard coming from behind the decorative walls of the Market Street Boutique in Pocomoke City, may sound like your average clothing store. But it's not.

Store owner Kim Jackson of Pocomoke City, makes a bulk of her money from what's on sale behind the wall to wall jewelry and clothing shop. She's a certified mastectomy bra-fitter. Jackson sells speciality bras to women who have had undergone surgery to remove the cancer.

"They don't want their neighbors to know that they've gone through this," said Jackson, who stood in a small cozy room with breast cancer information posters plastered on the walls. "They don't want their co-worker to know that they've gone through this."

A rack of bras, in all shapes, sizes and colors are kept in a cozy back room. At first glance they look like your traditional bras. But when you take a closer look, you'll see a mastectomy bra is made with a pocket in each cup. A silicone breast is slipped inside the pocket, where it is held firmly in place against the body for a natural look.

Jackson takes her time with each customer because trying on a mastectomy bra for the first time after a surgery could be emotional.

"You know they are very uncomfortable," she said. "They feel very self conscious of their body."

For Jackson, the fight against breast cancer hits close to home. Her mom has battled breast cancer for more than 20 years.

"She said you know I have cancer. I just want to be rid of it. So she opted for a radical Mastectomy."

About 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Jackson hopes she can offer breast cancer survivors more than just a bra, but moral support as well.

"I going to help you. We're going to get you through this."

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