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Two Survivors Craft Stylish Accessories I Adore!

Two Survivors Craft Stylish Accessories I Adore!

As published at Honey Good By Susan “Honey” Good One day, not so long ago. I received a heartwarming message from a woman I did not know on my Facebook page. She explained her mission and left her phone number and name. Her company creates products for women who have had surgeries and are going through chemotherapy. As many of you already know, I myself am a cancer survivor.  And so, without hesitation, I picked up the phone and placed a call to Lesley Foreman, one of two female founders of an amazing, inspiring and successful company for women, by women, called BWell11. I was immediately glad that I took my time to make the call! It is my privilege and pleasure to write about BWell11 and give it the HoneyGood.com “Seal of Approval.” Bwell 11 introduces the first stylish & multi-functional swim separates that offer coverage YOU can control in a bathing suit When two childhood girlfriends, Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman,  celebrated their 50th birthdays, along with all the trials and tribulations that life brings, they decided to launch a swimwear collection that serves up stylish offerings for women like them… women who had successfully battled illnesses and come out on the other side as well as women still in the battle. Because, feeling confident and comfortable helps make every fight a bit more bearable, doesn’t it? Bwell11 offers a collection swim separates that have been designed with wellness, vitality and personal style in mind. And let’s not forget, innovation, darlings! There’s  Bandtastik™ and Bandiva™ —  products that  give you the ability to control what you want to show... read more
meet lesley and jami: chicago entrepreneurs helping women cover up with confidence

meet lesley and jami: chicago entrepreneurs helping women cover up with confidence

As published at People with Panache Cancer and Crohn’s disease. I knew these scary-sounding, taboo things would be major topics of discussion when I went to interview Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman, both 51. But as I opened the door to Lesley’s office, where she has her therapy practice, the first thing I saw was the pair of them giggling while Jami sprayed Lesley with something to stop static cling. Her silk shirt wasn’t cooperating. They looked at me and laughed harder now that I’d caught them. I laughed too, and all my fears melted away. Jami has been living with Crohn’s disease for more than 35 years, and Lesley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 48. They told me about their friendship, growing up together, and the impact their respective diseases have had on them—and how that led them to create Bwell 11. Bonus: I also learned that Jami attended Drake University for a year—our alma mater! Go Bulldogs! Launched on July 15, 2015, Bwell 11 is a line of versatile fashion swimsuit cover-ups. Their Bandtastikcan be worn in seven different ways to cover up a number of areas on your body from thighs to chest. The Bandiva is a colorful head scarf that can get wet and still stay firmly in place. It seems so fitting that swimwear that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful—even in life’s toughest moments—comes from such a kind and loyal friendship. People with Panache: You two have been friends for decades now. How did you decide you wanted to start this business? Lesley Foreman: Rewind a moment to my first vacation... read more

Old friends bond in sickness to create unique style

As published on Healthline Creators Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman have been close friends since they met at the age of 11 at junior high school in Wilmette, IL. Their own battles with ovarian cancer and Crohn’s disease were the impetus for creating the company Bwell 11™ with a mission of helping women feel comfortable, confident and stylish. The Bandtastik is the first in a line of products representing their “Coverage You Can Control” philosophy. Weiman describe their Bandtastik creation as “a chic swimwear separate that covers and controls areas that make you feel uncomfortable while allowing you to show off whatever you want.” The Bandtastik is designed for versatility and can be worn around the shoulder, bust, waist, neck or hips. Some of the Bandtastik coverage options include: Worn over one shoulder to cover a chest port or pump Stretched over the bust, following lumpectomy or mastectomy Draped around the neck to cover a surgical scar or port Foreman, A Northbrook Psychotherapist, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in October 2013. She underwent major surgery during Chicago’s brutal “polar vortex” winter. “I was so thin and it was so bitterly cold,” Foreman says. “I kept telling myself ‘I will survive this and I will be walking on a white sandy beach when I get better.’” Eight months later – after recovering from surgery and chemotherapy – she got her beach vacation, but felt incredibly vulnerable. “I had this giant port on the upper right side of my chest and just wanted to hide it, but I couldn’t.” After returning to Chicago, she and Weiman decided to focus... read more
Daily North Shore: Highland Park Friends Coverup for Cancer

Daily North Shore: Highland Park Friends Coverup for Cancer

Childhood friends Lesley Foreman of Highland Park and Jami Weiman of Northbrook were tired of wearing their illnesses on their sleeves, so they created stylish swimwear accessories to cover everything from ports, pouches, and other medical devices. The Bandtastik and Bandiva cover-ups are designed “so you can move around and cover whatever you don’t want people to see. It serves two purposes for fashion and medical,” said Foreman. The Bandtastik is made from resilient fabrics that are chlorine and salt resistant. It can be worn at least seven different ways to cover head, bust, waist, hips or thighs. The Bandiva is a colorful head wrap that can also be worn in or out of the water. Foreman, a Northbrook psychotherapist, and Weiman met when they were 11 years-old in 6thgrade at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette. “Jami was the wild and crazy girl and I lived vicariously through her. Secretly I could get her to do bad things, because no one ever suspected me,” said Foreman. They will always be grateful to their first meeting, and their ability to overcome life- threatening illnesses, which they … Read full... read more
Chicago Tribune: Wilmette Natives Band Together for Business

Chicago Tribune: Wilmette Natives Band Together for Business

Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman prefer to call the scars on their bodies “warrior marks.” Foreman said she’s undergone chemotherapy and several surgeries since her 2013 ovarian cancer diagnosis and Weiman said her Crohn’s disease, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 15, resulted in dozens of surgeries and scars. “When you see someone with a scar or a port, it’s a tell-tale sign of cancer, and it makes the person very self-conscious,” said Foreman, a Northbrook based psychotherapist and Highland Park mom of two. Their desire to help other women in their shoes has led the two Wilmette natives, who said they’ve been best friends since sixth grade, to launch BWell11, a swimwear company with a mission to help women cover and conceal scars, ports and pouches caused by surgeries or other medical procedures. “Between the two of us, we have massive amounts of scars,” said Weiman, a former mortgage broker who lives in Northbrook with her husband and … Read full... read more
Highlands Park Patch: Serious Illness Inspires Two Childhood Friends to Design New Product

Highlands Park Patch: Serious Illness Inspires Two Childhood Friends to Design New Product

Versatile Bandtastik’S “Coverage You Can Control” Helps Women Conceal Ports, Pouches, Pumps and Scars CHICAGO, IL (July 16, 2015) – Two Chicago-area women battling serious illness have used their experiences as inspiration, creating a new product that helps women living with the marks of medical treatment cover those areas and gain confidence about their appearance. The new product, Bandtastik™, is a versatile accessory that can be worn in many ways to cover chest ports, surgical scars, pumps, pouches or other visible effects of ongoing or past medical treatment… Read full... read more

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