As part of our Boost of Confidence blog series, we invited breast cancer advocate and Athleta brand ambassador Kimberly Irvine to share her story about helping to design a mastectomy sports bra, and what the experience taught her about the role of self-esteem in living a healthy and active life. Getting regular exercise is an important part of being healthy, including for people diagnosed with breast cancer. Experts say appropriate exercise is safe during and after breast cancer treatment.
Breast reconstruction to rebuild the breast after a lumpectomy or mastectomy procedure can create some unique bra problems. With the proper care, you can heal more comfortably and look and feel great after surgery. After-Surgery Care Immediately after your surgeries, your doctor should recommend what type of bra is best to wear.
Whether you are having immediate or delayed breast reconstruction, you will most likely need new bras after your surgery. The surgical bra is similar to a sports bra, but it clasps in the front, so it can be easily taken on and off. You will need to wear this bra for approximately two to three weeks, or as recommended by your surgeon.
Many questions and concerns may be running through your mind before undergoing breast reconstruction surgery. How long will the procedure last? What will my reconstructed breasts look like?
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month several years ago, one of our shoppers pointed out how difficult it can be for women who have undergone breast cancer and reconstruction to find a bra that fits, provides the right level of support and can help a woman feel sexy and feminine again. At her prompting, we did the research and put together a three-part series on breast reconstruction bra fitting — to help women both pre- and post-construction find a comfortable, supportive, well-fitted bra that can serve your practical needs, or help you recapture your femininity! Our series on Breast Reconstruction Bra Fitting starts out in Part 1 by highlighting some of the challenges that breast cancer survivors have to deal with when it comes to bra fitting.
When Dana Donofree learned she had infiltrative ductal carcinoma in at age 27, she had a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction with implants. When Donofree, a fashion designer, tried to get dressed again, she found that her clothing, particularly her bras, no longer fit right. Some of us have more modesty than others, and not every day is Saturday night.
I was 27 when diagnosed with Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma, and chose a bilateral mastectomy to improve my odds of survival. I also wanted to be able to wear a bra again. After every attempt from try-ons running the gamut of Nordstrom to small boutiques, surgical shops to mastectomy stores, and trying hundreds of different Google searches, nothing worked for me, and every single one of those attempts left me in tears.
Your breast reconstruction surgery signifies a whole new beginning, one where you can focus on healing and loving your new body. AnaOno's soft post-reconstruction bras are the perfect complement to reclaiming your confidence again. They're designed to help you recover, relax and reclaim, with features designed for and by patients, survivors and thrivers just like you.
As a corporate sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are proud to support the national effort on fighting breast cancer. Throughout the year with an assortment of events and during the month of October we donate Pink Bras or a portion of Pink bra sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We welcome your feedback and Thank you for your support! Close Save changes.