Our Story

Wow!! We won the 2023  Tales of Triumph Employees Choice Award for Small Business sponsored by Canada Post. 

Catharine Janssen is a retired critical care Registered Nurse, breast cancer survivor, an active Rotarian, and a Distinguished Toastmaster, and now a Certified Cancer Coach. Catharine is also the owner of BRACAShirts (Designed for women to manage post-surgical drains). Our customers love our Bracashirts shirts with Outside pockets which are designed to help the care givers to have easy access to empty the drains which is ideal in the first week immediate post-op. Our Bracashirts Inside Pocket shirts are designed to hide the drains and provide discreet  support when out to medical appointments or when out in public.  BRACAGowns are ideal for immediate post op and for evenings. The drains are secure in the pockets and allow for immediate post op ambulation.  Security at night as the drains are secured in the large pockets. Bracashirts are ideal for post mastectomy and post abdominal surgery patients who have surgical drains.  Safety, comfort and fashion are also important, so we provided shirts that are colour fast, don't shrink, perfectly tailored and beautifully embroidered.  

This last year Bracashirts has committed to our clients education and coaching support. Despite Covid I have taken the opportunity to enhance my nursing education, as a Certified Holistic Cancer Coach. I have spent years teaching and training critical care nurses and decided to take the opportunity to help cancer patients to learn more about cancer prevention.  

I have started a learning series with PowerPoint presentations. I am excited to share and further develop the knowledge of my clients. I believe that “Knowledge is Power” will lead to sound decision-making, with clients making informed decisions that will guide them through establishing and adopting healthy lifestyle changes.

My cancer coaching is front and center in supporting cancer care. Complementing BRACAShirts branding. Our commitment is to support client education, empowering our clients to advocate for themselves by supporting them in their proactive approach to decision making. Knowledge is power.

I hope you will enjoy our new Cancer Learning Series:

1) Introduction 
2) Adoption of a Healthy Food Choices in your Dietary Lifestyle
3)The Benefits of Exercise
4) Immunology and the Impact Stress has on Cancer
5) The Cancer Personality & Learn Why Cancer Patients with a Positive Mindset Survive and Thrive
6) Relaxation Techniques
7) The benefits of the rest 
8) Medical CBD Is It Right for You?!

You should never have to face cancer alone.

Our education series and supportive coaching are designed to move you through the cancer journey with confidence in healing and adopting lifestyle changes. Cancer coaching is patient-centric and unique for every client. We all have different experiences and challenges. We are here to support and help clients through their changing life journey, care requirements, educational growth, and healing needs. As clients gain health and balance in their lives we enjoy witnessing their proactive and healthy changes as they advocate for their health and wellness. ​

Educate and Advocate is my favorite mantra. Knowledge is Power.

I have been delivering my Cancer Education Series and Cancer Awareness speech in southern Ontario,  speaking to service groups like Rotary, Lions, Optimists, Probus etc. Booking my lunch and learn sessions are available for $200.00 contact catharine@bracashirts.ca

If you know someone who could use cancer support, please share our newsletter and let them know of our education and supportive care.  Coaching fees are for 3 months of coaching for $1, 500.00     You can schedule an introductory  call through the page or email me at catharine@bracashirts.ca


While you are on my website, take the time to click the Education Series section, view our Podcast interviews, or look at other health professionals that we support in nutrition, yoga, and other cancer coaches.

You can sign up for the next Cancer Coaching by emailing me directly at catharine@bracashirts.ca. This cancer series is ideal for newly diagnosed patients or patients wanting to look to prevent cancer recurrence.

Please look at our Youtube that features cancer entrepreneurs and products that we endorse as quality products and quality care providers. Our handle is: "Cancer Care Roundup with Bracashirts" and you can click here to access it as well.

Bracashirts are also ideal for travel shirts with large hidden pockets inside to protect your personal belongings. These shirts are also great to hold cardiac monitors and medication pumps etc.

Bracashirts for men are also available.

Wishing everyone a successful recovery, health, happiness, and wellness.

Contact me at: catharine@bracashirts.ca