Meet Maggie Bone
In a nutshell...
Maggie is a confident, intelligent and charming lady. She has a fantastic, supportive husband, a lovely daughter and 2 grandchildren and 3 great step children. Maggie’s passion is jazz dancing and she likes nothing more then a weekend away with friends learning new routines or taking part in shows.
Tell us a bit more about yourself...
My Husband and I live in the countryside near Tunbridge Wells with one of my stepdaughters. I have been married twice and I have a beautiful daughter, Samantha from my first marriage. Samantha has two children Dylan and Jack, who I love spending time with.
I have been an IT Manager for an American Bank for over 26 years now. I work with a great team who test banking systems for corporate customers. My everyday work life is demanding and challenging, so I really try to take time to enjoy the simple things in life, such as walking our dog Paddy in wellies (funky wellies though!) We are really lucky where we live, we are tucked away in the countryside but still near enough to London to go to a show at the theatre and enjoy the bustle of city life.
My hobby for the past 8 or 9 years has been jazz dancing and I have met some lovely ladies and made some really good friends as well as keeping fit and having a lot of fun and laughter. I also enjoy reading and playing the piano.
How did you find out you had breast cancer?
I have had breast cancer twice in my life, once at age 37, quite young really, and then at age 59 a routine mammogram picked up a new cancer in the other breast. After a 22 year gap I couldn’t quite believe it had happened again! The first time I managed to avoid radical surgery and had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and tamoxifen. The second time I had the full works -mastectomy, chemotherapy , radiation and now I take Letrazole tablets.
There is no real indication of breast cancer being a family problem – my great grandmother died of it at 53 but no-one else on my mothers side, and one of my father’s sisters in her seventies. However after the second bout of cancer treatment I took a genetic test and I discovered I was positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since then my daughter has tested positive and one of my brothers.
How did a mastectomy affect you?
Strangely I feel relieved to have the diagnosis as I now understand why I have had these cancers. Of course I am really very upset that I have passed it on to my daughter Sam and worry that she will get it too. Knowledge is a good thing though and she is being very closely monitored now.
Why did you apply to be a Nicola Jane model?
When I got the Nicola Jane catalogue I really liked the fact they used customers as models. Seeing real ladies like yourself helps you know you can still look good and no one would know you have had surgery and I hope to inspire other ladies to feel better about themselves. Surgery is a terrible blow to your confidence but a pretty bra can make all the difference and make you feel confident again.
Any advice for ladies reading this?
Make the most of your friends and family; I found friends old and new gave tremendous practical and moral support throughout the cancer journey and also very importantly made me laugh. They do say laughter is the best medicine!
I also found having lots of things to look forward to a great help. I would plan lunches and visits with friends, simple thing but things I would look forward to and focus on. Before I was diagnosed I was due to take part in a charity dance show in aid of Demelza House, a children’s hospice. I desperately wanted to still take part in it even though I was going through chemo during the rehearsals and the performance. The staff at the hospital were fantastic and helped me plan my chemo around the rehearsals so I could still be involved.
Aerodance, the dance company, were absolutely brilliant and very supportive – providing me with a fantastic showgirl costume, all pink feathers and fairy lights for my role of Lola in the Copacabana song. It really gave me a sense of purpose and a feeling that I could have a bit of normality and fun in my life at a time when things seemed out of my control. This is one of the reasons I chose to have a feather boa as my prop at the shoot – because I love dancing and because it reminds me of having the strength to get through trying times.
Maggie at a dance event
With grandchildren, Dylan and Jack
Maggie on holiday
At the photoshoot
Maggie modelling the 5309 bra