It is hard to feel sexy when your whole world feels entirely un-sexy: Your breasts have been unceremoniously removed from your mastectomy, you’ve lost all of your hair, your eyelashes, and are battling with medically induced menopause and vaginal dryness. Not to mention, when we are feeling deep sorrow, fear, that we are alone, anxiety or/and depression, the last thing we feel is sexy.
Furthermore, true self-love, self-acceptance and your sexuality can be the furthest thing from your mind and body when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis or breast surgery. It can be a long emotional road to get back to a place where you are feeling good about your body again. But when you ARE in a space to re-discover and reclaim your sexuality post-diagnosis, there are some different creative ways you can begin to rediscover your sexual self in safe, beautiful ways.
Being as comfortable as possible after surgery is the number one priority. Your mobility may not be at its best, so a bra with a front closure is a recommended post-surgical bra for easy post-op dressing and comfortability. You’ll want a front closure post-mastectomy bra with super plush material that is soft to the touch yet also functional for your post-surgical needs, like our luxurious and pocketed Front Closure. Voted Best Post-Mastectomy Bra by InStyle Magazine. This wireless favorite Front Closure Bra is one of the very best front-closure recovery bras around thanks to its unique combination of softness, adjustability and style.
So you’ve had your double or single mastectomy, and now that you’re healed, and able to transition out of your oncologist prescribed compression bra after your surgery, you’ve been given the green light to find something cuter and more comfortable (WOO!)
But when you start shopping, you have a hard time finding something that is comfortable enough, something that fits your new body, and makes you feel PRETTY. You’re frustrated and upset, and you have every right to be. Why does finding something that fits your new body have to be SO HARD?!
Just when you are about to give up, you discover AnaOno Post-Mastectomy Bras!
After a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, your f(oo)bs don’t require the same kind of bra style or support they used to. Same for the flat and fabulous ladies out there. Underwires are now ill fitting, and oftentimes very uncomfortable. Not to mention, underwires often can cause unnecessary pain after breast surgery. Different reconstruction options yield different results, so molded cups that leave gaps and puckering are no longer a viable option. So, what’s a girl to do?
Meet your new BFF: The Wirefree Bra. Wireless, cupless bras are the new essentials to your lingerie drawer, because they work for you if you have two breasts, one breast, or no breasts at all.
Guest blog: Kristin Moya
I said goodbye to the thoughts that were consuming my mind and began to embrace the start of a new life. That is, life after cancer. Boy is this life sweet!! For the first time in forever I felt like ME once again. In all honesty, coming from a time where inflammation was the new norm because of the amount of steroids and chemotherapy I received, my days of looking in the mirror suddenly became a joy as I started to dwell on the fact that my hair was getting longer and my body was toned. I had ultimately reached a phase where my main desire was to bring sexy back into the life after cancer - where I was no longer facing many of the challenges I once had, but instead living my best life. Why should I hide my scars? Why should I ever feel uncomfortable in my own skin?
Unfortunately, our doctors don’t exactly give us style advice on pretty bras to wear after a single mastectomy, and post-op care doesn’t come with a catalogue on what bras will flatter our natural boob and flat side simultaneously. Is it really so much to ask for a little bit of guidance on how to ensure our self-confidence will heal along with our surgical side?! It’s enough to make anyone crazy, frustrated, and uncomfortable.
By now we’ve accepted that our doctors are the experts in cancer, not lingerie options. Fortunately, our team at AnaOno has seen it ALL, and have you covered (literally and physically), so you can find a unilateral bra that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
Guest Post: Katharine Doughty
When I found a lump in my chest in early 2010, I was ten years into a series of 26 self-portraits with four 4 images to complete. A theme of reclaiming runs throughout the project: reclaiming of self-representation, of our personal and collective stories and the power of visual image. Be it ten years or ten minutes, the essential gift is the same: focused discovery and reflection via the arts allows us to be a witness to ourselves. To hear and respond creatively to our bodies with our bodies is to reclaim a role in the healing of our bodies.
With the start of another new month, comes a new theme: RECOVERY. Recovery is crucial for our bodies, minds and overall health. It’s the time to give your body a break so that you can heal faster. However, as many of us know, recovery isn't just for after surgery. It's a constant. Once you've been through it, you are always trying to heal, rest, find a new version of yourself, and try styles and solutions that help you along the way. Here’s some helpful recovery tips and suggestions to keep in mind for your recovery.