"Hi, I am Julie and this is my dad, Poppy, I created the PoppyPocket for my dad to wear his ambulatory infusion pump and tubes more discreetly, comfortably and safely. It is an elastic band with two separate pockets stitched on to securely contain the pump and tubing."
Why I Created PoppyPocket
I started this company after my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer and witnessed his struggle enduring the chemotherapy treatment. His treatment protocol consisted of an ambulatory infusion pump filled with his chemotherapy medicine that was transported by a cumbersome, inconvenient fanny pack around his waist.
The diagnosis was difficult enough, yet couple that with the ongoing fear of the tubes getting entangled; getting caught on the car door, bathroom sink, desk, pets, and anything in his path, not to mention the loss of dignity in the work place.
His biggest complaint however, was sleeping, because the tubes would get tangled in the sheets, then tug on his port, which lead to pain and sleepless nights. My heart broke watching my dad’s growing frustration trying to lead a normal life, so I created a better solution, the PoppyPocket.
The contour body design was created to securely contain his pump and tubes discreetly and comfortably underneath his clothes to ease the challenges of treatments and live more boldly. I named the company after my dad, Bob, who we all called Poppy.
— Julie Hyzdu, Founder & CEO
Active Working Businessman
When my oncologist told me I needed to wear a chemotherapy infusion pump, I really did not understand what that entailed. Being an active working businessman I was shocked at what was given to me to hold the infusion pump and tubing. I could not work and feel secure with my pump and all the tubing not being contained.
I was constantly getting caught on chairs, desk drawers and anything else that was in my way during the work day. Also it was difficult to get a good night sleep getting tangled in the sheets and worrying about dislodging the port from my chest. My life changed when my daughter came up with a special band and pocket (PoppyPocket) for me to store my infusion system securely.
I now go about my days freely knowing I am safe from pulling the tubing out and knowing my customers are not aware of my current condition. It is extremely comfortable to wear and easy to use. I can also ride my bike and golf knowing I am secure.