Introduction from Emma Kennedy, Founder of Lions, Tigers & Bears Ltd
The idea for Lions, Tigers & Bears came after my own diagnosis in 2017. Being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer just a few months after my 40th birthday, I was plunged into a whole new world – a world where I was a cancer patient.
I didn’t feel like a patient, I felt like Emma, who also just happened to be a patient. I hated that all of a sudden I seemed to be defined by my diagnosis.
There were so many things that I needed to help me manage my treatment and cope with the resulting side effects of an intensive regime of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiotherapy, and I found it hard to find somewhere I could find everything I needed/wanted – trying to find things that expressed my personality and made me feel like “me” was even harder.
I was frustrated by the lack of choice and style as it seemed to me that many companies assume that just because you have cancer, you no longer care about your appearance or have somehow had a style lobotomy on the day you started treatment – when in my opinion, feeling better/more confident about how you look has a massive impact on your mental well-being.
Specialist products were scattered far and wide across the internet, and difficult to track down. I wanted to create a website that brought together all of these things – the products that are genuinely useful as you go through treatment, or that help you to feel like yourself again, the brilliant independent brands making a difference (often set up by people who have first-hand experience of cancer), and the stuff that helps you to manage mind, body, soul, and life with and after cancer. The things that make you feel better, physically and mentally, and most importantly, enable you to retain your sense of identity during a time when your whole life is tipped upside down.
Creating an online hub for people affected by cancer
I wanted to bring together all of the tips, advice, insights, and recommendations that I had found so useful so that others could benefit – the wealth of knowledge that exists within the cancer community, from those that have been there too. The blog and directory was launched to offer access to this information, and the local businesses that help people every day as they manage the physical, emotional and practical aspects of dealing with cancer.
The idea for Lions, Tigers & Bears was born out of a desire to turn my experience of a negative situation into something positive to help other people affected by cancer.
A social enterprise for the cancer community
The primary aim of Lions, Tigers & Bears is and has always been about providing somewhere that people affected by cancer can find what they need to help them manage their diagnosis and their personal cancer journey with style, sass and attitude.
To help them feel good, to feel confident and to feel empowered in the face of cancer – to help them find their roar!
We made the decision to launch as a social enterprise, because being able to support individuals and their families through as they live life with and after cancer has always been our number one goal.
We aim to do all of this in a sustainable and socially responsible way, and this guides our all of our day to day decision-making and the running of Lions, Tigers & Bears.
Creating a community
Lions, Tigers & Bears is built from the experience of others who have been affected by cancer and is based around creating a community.
All of the products within the shop are hand-selected by people who have first-hand experience of cancer treatment and its side
If you would like to contribute to our community or have a business recommendation for the directory, please get in touch.