Cancer survivor builds startup for pelvic health

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Beth Gallagher, uwaterloo.ca/magazine, 2021

It takes a particular kind of resilience to pitch an idea for a startup to a radiologist—while you’re in hospital waiting for your cancer treatment.rachel in hospital

That’s exactly what Rachel Bartholomew (MBET ’14) did. Today she is the founder of Hyivy Health, a startup that is developing a rehabilitation system – a connected vaginal wand, a patient app and a portal for clinicians – to help women recover from everything from cervical cancer and gender-affirming surgery to childbirth.

“It may sound like resilience but it really came from a place of, ‘How can I take this really bad situation that happened to me and try to make something that is positive to help other women?’” Bartholomew says.

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