BFFL Co (“Best Friends for Life”) provides information, support and a wide range of products that help patients recover from surgery and other medical treatments in comfort and with dignity.
BFFL Co was founded in 2011 by Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH, a radiation oncologist trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Harvard Hospital Systems. After many years of working as a clinician, and after undergoing surgery herself, Dr. Chabner Thompson realized that patients need to feel cared for, comfortable, and empowered, and they need to be treated in a way that preserves their dignity. She felt that while the surgeries and treatments for cancer and other conditions have rapidly evolved (and, in some cases, even been revolutionized), the recovery tools currently available to patients were designed decades ago, for the surgeries and treatments of the past.
BFFLBags® are unique recovery kits packed with essential medical, personal care and other products designed to help hospital patients recuperate from cancer, childbirth, and other surgeries or treatments. Product offerings include treatment and recovery comfort bras and other garments and accessories specifically for mastectomy patients, such as the exclusive heart-shaped Axillapilla® comfort pillow (which has been featured on the Katie Couric Show). BFFL Co products enhance the recovery and improve the experience of patients before, during and after hospitalization.
In the past two years, BFFL Co sales have grown rapidly. The company has evolved from a one-woman show to a staff of five and relocated from the founder’s basement to an office and warehouse in New York’s Westchester County. We are currently selling our surgical bras to approximately 30 doctors and hospitals across the country and are conducting several product trials. The company now has a presence in eight states across the country and has a development team dedicated to our west coast operations.
BFFLBags®, bras and other items have become the most talked about get-well gifts in the market, and have been featured on television and in numerous fashion, parenting and lifestyle magazines. Our website offers a host of information relevant to health as well as specific advice regarding preparing for and dealing with various illnesses and medical procedures. Our “Care and Concern” page offers ideas and support to our growing community, and our blog page gives subscribers a place to fine new ideas, research, and up-to-the-minute clinical findings. Each month we feature a DO’s and DON’Ts blog which provides valuable strategies for healthy living.
For each condition-related BFFLBag® sold, BFFL Co donates 15% of the proceeds to a charity providing research and support for that condition.