J&L Medical fills need

Sunday, May 31, 2009

WATERBURY, Conn.--J&L Medical got its start as a respiratory company seven years ago, but it opened a post-mastectomy center in February as part of continuing efforts to diversify its cash business.

“We have a cancer center nearby that we have a good relationship with,” said Carrie Albert-Lane, retail sales specialist and certified fitter. “The next closest women’s health provider is 25 minutes away.”

The post-mastectomy center, located within J&L’s new retail location, carries breast forms and bras, and customers can special order lingerie and bathing suits. J&L employs three mastectomy fitters, including Albert-Lane who received her certification in October.

Housed in its own room, it is a soothing space with soft lighting, comfortable furnishings and a private fitting room, Albert-Lane said.

“We wanted to have a place where they can open up and laugh or cry,” she said. “The important thing is to make them feel comfortable.”

So far, community feedback has been positive, Albert-Lane said.

“We’ve gone to a support group at the cancer center to let them now we are out there,” said Albert-Lane. “We also work with a support group called Braveheart, which has younger survivors, ages 20 to 45. We’ll be doing the Relay for Life race in June.”