How it all began
Jody's story & the birth of BangOn
On the 1 st of August 2018 my life was changed forever, sitting in the doctors office hearing the words “I’m sorry to say you have breast cancer”. In that moment, my grief was instant; uncontrollable, my feelings jumped from being grief stricken, to disbelief; ultimately denial.
It was the hardest journey of mine and my family’s life. Months of chemotherapy, surgery and incredibly difficult side effects left me tired, in pain and with no appetite for anything, including sex. The effects the chemotherapy had had on my body were dramatic, it had forced me into an early menopause and I ached all over. Even the simplest of tasks would leave me worn out.
I realised I needed to get my health, mentally and physically, back into shape; so I decided that getting my sex life back was an essential first step, not only for me, but also for my partner. The trouble was, the lasting effects of the treatments I had gone through had made things very difficult.
I began researching possible accessories in an attempt to get our sex life back on track, it was at this time that I came across sex positioning furniture, not only would it help with the aches and pains but also would help with better support for my body.
At last a glimmer of hope. I found a product I wanted to try, I attempted to order it, but unfortunately it was out of stock on every website I looked at, Wow!, I thought, this surely must be a great product if its out of stock everywhere, and after a little more digging I realised why, the products I was interested in were manufactured in the USA, we were in the middle of the covid pandemic so obviously goods weren’t being shipped as they should be.
So my next mission was to then find a UK manufacturer, surely there must be one on this small and mighty island we call Blighty.
After a lot of searching it became clear that all I could find were some ‘blow up’ cushions that looked like they did the right job, as we couldn’t find the real thing, we thought we’d give the blow up version a go… big mistake! All I can say is that it was like having sex on a jelly! It was flimsy and didn’t support me at all. Completely the opposite of what I needed!
It became very frustrating, I’d got so fixated by searching for these products online, that I forgot to look closer to home, it just so happened that me and my partner owned a successful sewing business, creating all sorts of items out of our Lancashire factory, Lancashire is the textile and manufacturing heart of the UK, a great place to live and work. After a lot of research, product designing, material prototyping and lots of fun testing. we had a product… Bang On was born.