Julie Brandram Jones on how she ended up in the Flat Friends 2017 Calendar…
I had a bilateral mastectomy in January 2015 and now live flat without reconstruction. The support and friendship I have had from my Flat Friends has become a big part of my life and definitely contributes to my confidence and happiness as I live my life in this way. When I heard that we were going to produce a calendar depicting women like me happily living their lives without reconstruction I knew I had to be in it!
I went to the first ever shoot in December and it was an absolute hoot, I met Gilly Cant for the first time and various other ‘flatties’ and supporters. It felt so great to be with people who are on the same wavelength – I hadn’t laughed so much in ages.
Somewhere along the line I managed to volunteer for the Triathlon at Dorney Lake in the summer of 2016 (another photoshoot opportunity) by which time it felt like I was getting together with old friends, AND I won a medal for running, a big achievement for me! Finally, there was an autumn shoot not far from where I live in Herefordshire so I thought it would be rude not to join in. It was a great day out, we talked (lots), laughed (lots), ate (lots) while the inimitable Sarah Dow tried to keep us all in check as she took the last batch of photographs.
I feel really proud to be part of this project, Sarah has done an amazing job capturing the very essence of our group. Thank you everyone in Flat Friends – you are all awesome!