Owner & Cancer Coach
Certified Mastectomy Fitter
I, Bev Ramsey, would like to introduce myself. My background is in Finance and Management, so what drew me to a mastectomy business? It was time for a career change and a business in Ft. Smith, AR, asked if I would be a bilateral model for one of their vendors who was doing a training. I had had breast cancer in 2006 and had to have a bilateral mastectomy. After heavy deliberation with myself about allowing others to see me naked from the waist up, I agreed. After the training, I realized not everyone was a mastectomy fitter and this was a very sensitive issue for most ladies.
In March of 2013, I googled mastectomy boutiques, found Pink Ribbon in Russellville and went to speak to the owner, Carolyn Gray. She had received her Medicare card and was thinking of selling and I said I was thinking of buying, but I wasn’t really. After meeting all the requirements, and there were many, thus the purchase of Pink Ribbon Boutique, January 1, 2014.
I am a breast cancer survivor, who had breast cancer in 2003 and again in 2006. In 2003 I had a lumpectomy and chose no treatment, opting to go the natural route. In 2006 I had a reoccurrence in the same breast, and opted for a double mastectomy. I also had to undergo chemo and radiation therapy. After the 20th radiation treatment I developed lymphedema in my right arm and hand. Thankfully, my oncology nurse told me what I had and sent me to a lymphatic therapist. Lymphedema is another whole story, for another day. At the time of my second diagnosis my son and only child was 9, a 4th grader, and my only prayer was that I would see him graduate high school. My prayer was answered and my son graduated in 2014 and is doing very well. As for me, God has a new purpose in my life and that is educating and helping every woman I can who has entered or is entering the journey I have been on for 12 years!!
Appointments are preferred, however *Walk-Ins are welcome!
I would like to start with introducing myself. My name is Olivia Ramsey, and I am a wife and a mother of two awesome boys, Jasper and Jenson. With a nursing degree, and working at a local hospital, I knew that I wanted a career serving others.
My passion for oncology started in 2016 when I had the honor of taking care of a lady who had cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. She had just come back from treatment and was losing her hair. She asked me to help her put her hair up because she was very sore due to all the treatment. When I went to help her, a handful of her hair fell out. I proceeded to put what was in my hand in my scrub pockets so she wouldn’t see it. We all have those patients that we will never forget, and she was definitely one of them for me. Little did I know that her unfailing faith, and the fire and zeal she exhibited on a daily basis would drive my passion in serving others.
I’ll have to admit that I never thought I would have ended up working at a mastectomy boutique, and I definitely didn’t realize all the work that would go into this business. But, I can say that without a doubt this is not only the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, but this is where I’m meant to be.
I was not only mentored, but I get to walk along side one of the strongest women that I know. And the strength doesn’t stop with her. I learn something new from every woman that walks in Pink Ribbon’s door. My patients trust me to come alongside their journeys with them, and for that I’m forever grateful.
Love Always, Olivia Ramsey