My Left Breast is a specialty boutique that provides women who are going through their breast cancer journey with a vast collection of post-mastectomy wear and emotional support. Your cancer journey comes with unique struggles and solutions. We know because we’ve been there, and we would be honoured to be a part of your healing recovery.
Our staff is a team of breast cancer survivors. We’ve been on this journey and have come out the other side to a happy and healthy life. Be sure to read our individual stories below.
We’re small but mighty, giving women the personal attention they deserve as we work together to help them look and feel their best during their recovery. Our options of post-surgery items are ever changing, and features feminine, comfortable, colorful and modern styles.
We’re honoured to help women in our community gain a sense of control during a time when emotions and stress are at an all-time high, and give them a space where they feel safe, confident and can stand proud with us.
Bridget Leslie, Owner
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. I was about to turn 44, I had just finished a Master’s Degree and breast cancer certainly wasn’t part of my plan. After undergoing a mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and Herceptin, I kept thinking there must be a better way for women to find everything they need and a place for them to ask all their questions.
I opened My Left Breast in 2008. The wonderfully magical space of My Left Breast allows us to help women find what they need to stand proud and share their experiences with each other to soften their journey. I’m honoured to help women during such a stressful time in their lives. In 2010, I joined the Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat team. Paddling across the water, I’m fortunate to be strong and well. Somehow, breast cancer was one of the scariest moments in my life, but strangely enough one of the most rewarding. I feel honoured and proud when I hear the conversations of support and women-to-women wisdom which takes place at My Left Breast.
Outside of running My Left Breast, I love going on adventures with my best friends, travelling to faraway and near places with my friends and husband, cooking without recipes, watching my two daughters grow into amazing women, and connecting with my family.
Marlene Jenkins, Certified Breast Prosthesis and Bra Fitter
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2007. I found a perfect shop to help me with what I needed. After a few visits, I began to work at My Left Breast. I love helping women who come into the shop. It allows to me to pass on my experiences to help them on their way. When I’m not working, I love to work out at my son’s gym, Resurgence Health and Fitness, in Port Hope. You can also find me in a dragon boat. I have paddled for 20 years both competitively and on breast cancer survivor teams. I have four grown children and nine beautiful grandchildren. I love sewing and I’m a very good shopper! I love to laugh and have fun. If I am your fitter we will “have a party”.
Peggy Flanagan Quirion, Certified Breast Prosthesis and Bra Fitter
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2013, shortly after moving to Peterborough. When I walked into My Left Breast prior to my surgery, I was welcomed by the warm and friendly arms of Bridget. It was with great relief that Bridget took care of my needs in preparation for what was my second surgery—a mastectomy, and she also helped me better understand what to expect. My post-surgical camisole was the talk of the floor at the hospital. The nurses were surprised and impressed with the comfort and functionality of my post-surgery cami.
This was a major turning point in my life. I decided to retire from my software testing career following my treatment. During the time of undergoing breast reconstruction, I dedicated myself to studying to become a reflexology therapist. I found it very therapeutic to be studying physiology and anatomy at that time and upon graduating, Bridget offered her healing space at My Left Breast which allowed me to offer complementary reflexology to her clients.
I joined Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat team and discovered another silver lining that came from having a breast cancer diagnosis. My passion grew on the water from paddling to steering a dragon boat and I earned my steer certification in 2018. Both my husband and I volunteer at our Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival.
I feel very blessed that Bridget asked me to join her My Left Breast team to assist and help the beautiful people who walk into the store. My Left Breast is a very healthy and satisfying place to work. I’m now a trained breast prosthesis and bra fitter.
I’m a wife and proud mother of four beautiful grown adults and a very happy grandma! I love spending time with my children and grandchildren. I enjoy yoga, swimming, giving reflexology treatments, and dragon boating.