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How do you feel supported?

How do you feel supported?

December 15, 2018

The holiday season is all about showing others around you how much you care. For our community, and especially for those who may not have support or are feeling the emotional pressures from the season, supporting the women around you is essential.

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When You Need Someone To Lean On

When You Need Someone To Lean On

November 30, 2018

Do the holidays have you feeling blue, alone, isolated, lonely? It’s always a weird time of year for me now, not the joyous time of year it once was. And every year following my diagnosis has a different reaction. The first year, I remember feeling thankful that I made it to the “almost” end of my treatment. The second year, I was figuring out what a new life looked like after a cancer diagnosis. The years after that, I approached the holidays holding my breath and thinking, “I made it. But could this be my last.”

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Dating After Mastectomy

Dating After Mastectomy

October 29, 2018 6 Comments

Guest Contributor. Kristen Carbone
It’s been five years since my preventative double mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction surgeries, and I’m only just beginning to feel confident in my new body. On the other side of my healing journey  after four surgeries, surgical drains, tissue expanders, and three different sets of implants  I​ immediately felt myself alleviated of an emotional burden so enormous that I honestly feel physically lighter. I no longer have to worry quite so much about a future cancer diagnosis, but I had difficulty coming to terms with my new breasts.​

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From Full Reconstruction to Flat: My Decision to Explant Eight Years Later

From Full Reconstruction to Flat: My Decision to Explant Eight Years Later

October 17, 2018 22 Comments

I missed half of my senior year of college for a thyroidectomy and radiation after a sudden thyroid cancer diagnosis weeks after my 21st birthday. I spent the following decade in and out of hospitals for follow-up testing, chronic migraines and PTSD-related anxiety, depression and panic attacks. 

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8 years. 5 months.

8 years. 5 months.

July 20, 2018 7 Comments

Today is bittersweet. This day marks 8 years and 5 months since I heard the three scariest words of my life. You. Have. Cancer.

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Top 5 Things to Wear Home Post-Mastectomy

Top 5 Things to Wear Home Post-Mastectomy

July 03, 2018 1 Comment

We know that heading into the surgery room to face your single or double mastectomy surgery is a frightening thing. Not to mention the added anxiety of getting dressed and ready for the occasion. That's why we are here to help. We do not want you to worry one bit about how you will dress yourself, so we prepared a simple go-to list of our top 5 styles that help you recover in comfort:

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I’m Swimming With or Without Boobs: Post-Mastectomy Swimwear

I’m Swimming With or Without Boobs: Post-Mastectomy Swimwear

May 25, 2018 4 Comments

We can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to be able to present this to you all. It’s about time the world saw some swimsuits designed with breast cancer patients in mind, that are actually cute and work for a range of different ages, not just your granny’s. You already know that some of the ones out there right now are kinda meh. And we just couldn’t leave it like that anymore! We’re not going to settle with our bras, we’re not going to settle with our swimsuits, we’re not going to settle. Period. That’s it.

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Why Wear a Bra At All?

Why Wear a Bra At All?

April 30, 2018 2 Comments

We all know what training bras are right? The little, flimsy bralettes worn by little girls who haven’t quite developed a bust yet. It’s considered a rite of passage for a girl to don the garment when her mother feels she’s going from “little girl” to “young lady.” She doesn't need a bra, but wears it anyway.

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It Is Possible To Feel Beautiful After A Mastectomy 

It Is Possible To Feel Beautiful After A Mastectomy 

April 05, 2018 2 Comments

Because despite the good news of being "finished" with cancer, and despite being given permission to press play on my life, the mark of breast cancer was still very much with me. Though I may have escaped its grip, my body was forever altered.

 

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Women Who Shaped (Breast Cancer) History

Women Who Shaped (Breast Cancer) History

March 29, 2018 2 Comments

As Women's History Month comes to a close, it only seems appropriate to wrap up the month with a few of the women who impacted breast cancer history; the ones who inspired breast cancer patients in some way or another. These ladies made us look at our health and our bodies a little differently.

 

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How Does Insurance Reimbursement Work?

How Does Insurance Reimbursement Work?

February 07, 2018

We often get asked about AnaOno bras and insurance coverage, and while insurance guidelines prohibit us from taking insurance online, you may be able to get reimbursement on your purchases.

We wanted to provide a brief step-by-step guideline that will help you if reimbursement is an option for you. 

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Post-Mastectomy Fashion: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before my Mastectomy

Post-Mastectomy Fashion: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before my Mastectomy

February 04, 2018 7 Comments

You are not going to look like you used to, and that is OK. With a little ingenuity, anything is possible.

You were prepared for your treatment. You were prepared for your surgery. You read everything you could get your hands on when you were diagnosed with cancer. But nothing prepares you for the day when the post-mastectomy haze clears and you are standing at the mirror, wrapped up like a mummy, convinced the doctors accidentally stitched an elephant to your chest.

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