Welcome to episode 009 of The Greatness Project; where I interview Heidi Kelly; a cancer survivor turned business thriver. Learn how she conquered cancer with some courage and a dash of creativity.
Heidi Kelly joins me on the podcast today to chat about how she created her handbag business, HKelly designs. Heidi is a breast cancer survivor, undergoing treatment for cancer while building her business. She shares how and why she built her business while receiving treatment. We also talked about the challenges of entrepreneurship and Heidi’s tips and advice... (to listen click here)
I had already been through the ringer, diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 with no family history. I went through four surgeries including a bilateral mastectomy and then three surgeries for reconstruction. Breeze, my cat, was one of my amazing nurses. She loved to sit in my lap, nudge me for pets and purr in my arms. That purring sound is like no other, so soothing, so calming. We had a special connection I know I will never forget... (Click here for more)
Heidi Kelly found comfort in her sewing machine.
"Whenever I was feeling good enough, I would sew and the sewing machine was my therapist," the Kutztown woman says.
Isabelle McMahon of Bartonville, Monroe County, knew she had to keep volunteering at the Pocono Pregnancy Resource Center, despite her health struggles... (read more)
One of the last things you would think of is starting a business while battling a life threatening illness. Yet for Heidi Kelly there was a growing business in midst of 2 diagnoses of breast cancer, 4 surgeries, 4 rounds of chemo and 35 trips to the hospital... (read more)
Interview with Heidi Kelly talking handbags, breast cancer and entrepreneurship. (watch more)
Lehigh Valley Mall's Think Pink Event supporting Cancer Support Community. Watch a quick interview with Heidi Kelly after the show. (Click here)
I wasn’t afraid of being bald - I was pretty sure it would all grow back. But one of the scariest things I could ever imagine was seeing my hair fall out in clumps. Do you know those cancer patient shower scenes in the movies? I decided I wasn’t going to let that happen to me. I was going to take matters into my hands and write my own scene. A few days after my first treatment my husband grabbed his buzz cutter and row by row shaved off my hair. (read more)
Thank you for all the support.
Thank you for all the understanding.
Thank you for all the comfort you have given me throughout my journey! (read more)
After learning she had breast cancer, Heidi Kelly made the choice to grab life by the horns and live NOW. Hear Heidi’s story of getting her cancer diagnosis and making the decision to start a “funky” new business and to live life as fully as she can. Heidi is handbag designer, producing one-of-a-kind funky fabric handbags.
Check out Thrifty Business with Jay and Nay! I was lucky enough to be a guest on the show and we talked handbags, fashion and breast cancer! Thank you to my survivor sister Nadene and her co-host Jay for having me on the show! Check out the YouTube video here!
Is entrepreneurship something anyone can tackle?
I used to think no, but if I can do it... (read more)
Having cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. First thought, when you hear the C-word is: “Am I going to die?” Then most of us pick ourselves up and deal with what we have to deal with to live.Having cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. First thought, when you hear the C-word is: “Am I going to die?” Then most of us pick ourselves up and deal with what we have to deal with to live... (read more)
So here I am and I would like to start Fashion Business Spotlight with an Interview for the month of October, with Heidi Kelly, a handbag designer from USA and a story that I admire a lot for her design, her strength and her courage... (read more)
In October 2011 I saw what I first thought to be a bruise.
When it didn’t go away and I realized it was a dent I got a little nervous. After a few months of worrying and seeing TV personalities go through their own breast cancer struggles... (read more)
"In 2012 Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, she is doing well and creating a handbag brand that encourages everyone to be themselves and be an individualist..." (read more)
The Book, Radical Joy
Live like there is no tomorrow is the theme of this book. I was interviewed for the book along with many others who have come out of a major tragedy as a positive person. Featured in a chapter with 2 other women who have been been diagnosed with breast cancer, I am honored to mentioned along side these women who have been through so much! Get your copy here!
"...'Before cancer I was a pretty quiet person who was never willing to take a risk,' Heidi says. 'I thought the most I had to worry about were a couple of scars from my eczema and dealing with allergy issues. I moved through life but was a tad bit pessimistic...'" (read more)
"...Scrolling IG (my obsession) one evening, I came across a really cute hands-free wristlet… which I immediately liked and commented on. That started a conversation with @hkellydesigns, aka Heidi, she was an open book! Heidi is a breast cancer survivor and her story really struck me. Which is why I asked her to share her inspiring story here..." (read more)
Video interview with Annarose from the People Chronicles: Storied Women about starting a business while going through some pretty tough stuff. Watch this short video here!
Heid Kelly of HKelly designs is now a RAW artist and will be showcased at the Philadelphia Show Splendor on June 11. 2015! This is going to be an amazing event full of independent artists, musicians, and fashion industry people.
An essay about surviving and moving on from breast cancer. My 2nd Act gives survivorship a voice!
The October 2014 Issue of Berks County Living Magazine and the first October interview for the Get Inspired Project on BerksCountyLiving.com.
Featured on Piper Marie's People to Know blog. Check out the blog post here.
"Our first person to know is Heidi from HKelly designs. She is a huge inspiration to me on so many levels. I am in love with her work, especially her wristlets! How perfect would that be for a mom or going to a concert? It’s hands free!!" (read more)
Featured on Dori Magazine. Check out the post here.
Heidi gives us a teaser of one of her top 5 date ideas. Find out the rest by clicking over and subscribing to her blog!
What can be prettier than a sunrise or sunset ride in a hot air balloon? Adventure, romance and fun all in one! They also usually end with a glass of champagne to celebrate the voyage. Who knows what you will see... one balloon ride surprised a naked man on his porch having his morning coffee! (read more)