APPOMATTOX, Va. (WFXR) — Susan Kadas has spent her life giving back to others.
She’s described by her friend and employee, Sandra Franklin, as, “The only word that really comes to my mind is caring. Susan is one of the most caring women I have ever met.”
“People love her. Her ability to be able to get somebody to feel comfortable is just amazing,” Sandra said.
Susan owns Absolute Perfection Bra-tique in Appomattox and Lynchburg. She and her employees work as professional bra fitters for cancer patients, other patients and regular clients.
“I guess I would say it’s a calling. I’ve always wanted to do it, wanted to help people,” Susan said.
The Certified Mastectomy Fitter has been in the business for more than 30 years. It all started after her own battle with breast cancer.
According to Susan, “It was not the severe kind, but at 19 it was quite devastating and when I tried to go around and find bras or anything no one knew anything and I can tell you it was a very bad experience. And I said there has to be a better way”
For her, It’s not just a job.
“It’s a very rewarding profession, when you see how you can take someone who is very unhappy and very uncomfortable, and have them just leave feeling so good about themselves. And that’s what our goal is. That’s what we do,” Susan said.
Her work is life changing for these women. It’s a way for them to feel whole again.
“When a lady comes to us she’s been through either a lumpectomy, mastectomy, maybe a bilateral mastectomy. So therefore, she doesn’t always feel whole because she’s missing a very important part of her body,” Susan said. She adds, “So, our goal is to show her that she can once again be whole. She can be comfortable and she can be proud of the way she looks and feels.”
Susan’s work doesn’t stop when the women leave her business. Not only is Susan a business owner, but she’s also served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, received awards for her work, and speaks at health forums, on the radio and on talk shows. Susan said she does all of this to spread the word about the work she and her team do.
“She didn’t have to be like this, but it’s almost like God called her to do this and it comes second nature to her to be that caring person to be that person who takes you under the wing,” Sandra said.