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The Thermal Bra – An Innovation for Women After Breast Cancer

In this video, Jodie  speaks about her innovation currently known as the thermal bra.

Jodie Faber, BS, CWP, manager, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Because of genetic testing, she was diagnosed early and chose to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. Jodie now has breast implants that brought on a chilling problem.

After swimming in East Bay in Traverse City she experienced a cold chest and was unable to warm up. Realizing that the likely cause was the lack of blood supply to her chest, she started searching for a solution, but could not find anything that met her needs. In her search for a solution to her problem she turned to the Spectrum Health Innovations team.

The innovations team brought her idea to four CMU students – Emily Austin, Haley Rusicka, August Overy and graduate student Sue Wroblewski. Although three students have since graduated, the team has continued to work together on designing a solution. Read the ABC 12 story here.

The thermal bra team and Jodie will be at the Candid Conversations event on October 18th. Stop by to visit with them and learn more about the project!