How we found these amazing women

During Breast Cancer awareness month, we searched high and low to find our newest brand ambassadors to represent us.

We had an overwhelming response to our call from the ladies of Ireland, with over 100 applications. We found it incredibly difficult to choose one lady so we decided to increase our selection to four! (it didn't make the task any easier!).

The chosen ladies participated in a fantastic photoshoot at iCLOTHING HQ, based in Dublin and then joined us in an interview to tell the story of their individual journey through breast cancer.

Read the bios below and watch their incredibly moving interviews

Trina Cleary

Trina is from Wexford, "I have had chemo, 2 surgeries (1 mastectomy with no reconstruction) and radiotherapy treatment. I pride myself on sharing my entire journey to raise awareness, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, the real and raw side of cancer and have aimed to remove the 'taboo'-ness of the subject"

Follow Trina's journey on Instagram & Facebook.

Teresa Costello

Dublin girl Teresa Costello was diagnosed at age 36 - "After the treatment of chemo, mastectomy and radiotherapy I made a full recovery.

That was 6 years ago. Since then my life has changed dramatically. I found love - in the radiotherapy waiting room. I moved house, changed career, I now run an online support group for people affected by breast cancer (Breast Friends Ireland) and this year I was elected in the local elections! Life is good!"

Teresa is very open about her experience and is also an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland.

Follow Teresa's journey on Instagram & Facebook.

Emma Corcoran

Emma is from Dublin, she is incredibly active in the breast cancer community in Ireland and has brought many issues to light. "I don't let it get me down. Life is for living and worrying won't solve anything."

Aine Cole

Meet County Cavan woman Aine, Aine was 34 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, that was 2009.

Here is her story - "I had a mastectomy on my left side and reconstruction followed by chemotherapy. In 2011 I was surprised to find out I was pregnant with my 4th child.

Then in 2013 I found out I had breast cancer of a different type on my right side and that the previous cancer was back on my left. I had all breast tissue removed. I then found out I had the Barca 1 gene so I had my ovaries removed as well.

That was followed by more chemo and radiotherapy. It's now 6 years and I have never looked back.

I am fit and healthy and delighted to be cancer free!"

Elaine O’Rourke

Elaine O’Rourke, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist & Teacher, Sound Healer, EFT & Reiki Practitioner, Recording Artist is based in Gloucester, MA, USA. Specializing in yoga RETREATS since 2008, EFT, yoga therapy and making yoga fun especially on the beach.

She has the versatility, experience and knowledge to guide you through a practice that is appropriate for your body and your unique constitution.

Since 2003, she has been teaching a wide variety of group classes to diverse populations. In private therapeutic sessions (online or in person) she draws from her own personal experience of living with Crohn’s disease and an Ostomy to teach and empower others in similar situations.

She is the creator of “Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming Ostomy Challenges so you can Live a FulFilling Life and “Your Inside Story: Living a Vibrant Life with IBD”.

Her Sound Healing Journeys are exquisite and powerful. She combines her gifts of music with her understanding of the energy systems to guide you into deep relaxation and a place of healing.

Follow Elaine's journey on Instagram.

Jennifer O’Connell

Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer when she attended a breast check mammogram in the Orchid Centre in Cork University Hospital (CUH) in August 2019 on her doctor's referral.

Six weeks later, in September, Jennifer had a full mastectomy and the removal of sentinel nodes. She then went through a series of treatments including 6 months of chemotherapy and will be on hormone therapy for the next 5 to 10 years.

Before being diagnosed, Jennifer was head of events with Guaranteed Irish and before that she created and co founded Ireland's only Summer opera festival in her beloved adopted home of Lismore, County Waterford.

Jennifer is an advocate of Acupuncture as a treatment for the side effects of Breast Cancer Treatment and took part in a study for the SOLAS group which gained approval and recognition for acupuncture as an effective treatment. She is also a campaigner for more transparency and information regarding women's entitlements during cancer treatment including free bras and wigs.

During her treatment, Jennifer was approached by Theya Healthcare founder Ciara Donlon and was asked if she would be a brand Ambassador / Advocate for the Theya brand and products.

"I am genuinely, very proud to be an ambassador for such an authentic and socially conscious Irish brand. Plus I absolutely love my bamboo bras and underwear for so many reasons.

"My philosophy is to be as positive as you can be, when you can. Let off steam and be angry or sad, for a little bit, when you need to be, but most of all, always choose happy and appreciate and cherish all the good things in life and never again sweat the small stuff or waste time caring about things or people who bring you down. Also, if you can, give up the fags and cuddle animals more!"

We are delighted to announce that along with fellow Theya Ambassador, Emma Corcoran, Jennifer is working on a podcast/Insta TV series that aims to talk openly about taboo subjects surrounding big life events for women - including what happens during and after breast cancer, what to expect and how to navigate the menopause, and much much more - Together, Jennifer and Emma, who both have first hand experience of life with breast cancer and menopause and all the joy and pain that makes us women, will be busting myths, tackling taboos and providing practical tips to help other women who are going through the same things.

The series will be a supported and hosted by Theya Healthcare and is meant to be lighthearted, and at the same time a real forum where women can share their stories and learn all the insider info they need to get through what we as women need to get through and beyond. There will also be plenty of fun, guests and entertainment thrown into the mix.

Watch their interviews

Watch the very moving interviews of Trina Cleary, Emma Corcoran and Teresa Costello below.. be prepared and have tissues on the ready.