THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A cancer survivor in Thomasville hopes her new store will offer the support and encouragement women need as they experience difficult challenges.
Gerriann Kennedy was diagnosed with Stage IIIA breast cancer back in 2011.
“It's kind of surreal, but you do have to find the strength,” Kennedy said.
She said she found her strength through the support of friends and family, but at times, it was very difficult.
“I'd lost my hair; I'd lost my femininity pretty much. There wasn't anywhere to go. There was nowhere that had products that I could use or things that I needed,” she said.
So, she and her friend Missy Taylor decided to create a store to cater to women going through cancer treatment or other life-changing moments.
Taylor said, “Let's just be an encouragement store, and we'll just encourage everybody. Because we know that everybody could use encouragement.”
They named the store "Flourish," symbolizing their goal to help their clients persevere.
“Whether you're going through treatment, whether you think you've gained too much weight from being pregnant, like these things aren't hard enough to go through already. We wanted to do a place where you can come in and think it's nice, it's comfortable, it's fun,” Taylor said.
Flourish provides safe cosmetic products and wig and prosthetic fitting rooms.
They even make "sunshine boxes" with personalized gifts to brighten up the darkest days.
“Our mission is practical, affordable encouragement. And that's what we want to do,” said Taylor.
A store that offers support and a smile when you need it most.
You can visit Flourish of Thomasville on Facebook to learn more about the products they have and how to order a personalized “sunshine box.”