BRA Day Banner of models shirtless showing off their scars on their chests
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Dana Donofree
3 min read

In 1998, a federal law went into place that provides protections to patients who choose to have breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. Even though the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) has been around for nearly 20 years, we are contacted far too often by women wishing they had the choice to reconstruct or that they would've known that they even had the option following their mastectomy. We always advocate that breast reconstruction is a personal choice. It's your body, and it's your decision, but we all deserve to know more about our options.








Did you know...

  • If your lumpectomy left you with results that you are not pleased with, you can see a plastic surgeon to review your options for reconstruction?
  • If you have a unilateral mastectomy, and chose to rebuild your breast, you can also reduce or lift the other to keep symmetry, if you wish?
  • If you have a bilateral mastectomy and opt out of reconstruction, that a plastic surgeon can still help with scarring and any excess tissue that may have been a result of the procedure?


What is BRA Day?

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) serves to educate us on our choices, regardless of the outcome. Our plastic surgeons have seized the opportunity to apprise us of cutting-edge practices and procedures, affording us the ability to make informed decisions on how we want to manage our bodies.
I was elated to participate in Plastic Surgery News’ annual Breast Reconstruction Supplement, conversing on issues of choice and decision-making.
In addition to participating in the Plastic Surgery News' Annual Breast Reconstruction Supplement, I also had the honor of featuring our #CancerandxAO New York Fashion Week show on September 10, 2023. This was the first show, since covid where we were able to highlight our beautiful breast cancer community and give it the awareness that it deserves. This year we had the honor of working with 32 brave and courageous individuals, that were able to work it on the runway. Our models wholly got to expose their true physical effects of breast cancer, and what breast cancer did to their bodies. We came together as a united front, with heavy hearts and spread awareness about the disease, as well as spread knowledge on how breast cancer affects everyone differently.


So to say I am humbled to stand next to so many supporters of AnaOno in the plastic surgery community is not even touching on how incredibly thankful I am. I'm thankful that they not only continue to find innovative and alternative options, not just to reconstruct a breast that was ravaged by cancer, but also to find ways to keep us intact, without having to lose a vital piece of our sexuality and identity. 


At AnaOno, we're delighted to share the news about BRA Day. We're proud to provide post-mastectomy wearers with a broad selection of bras tailored to their individual needs - whether reconstruction is the chosen path or remaining flat is desired.

Introducing the brand-new "Sheer Embrace Collection" – a selection of exquisitely crafted bras, lingerie and undergarments fashioned from the finest lightweight and breathable mesh fabric. With added comfort and support, the Sheer Embrace Collection encourages post-surgery women to appreciate their strength and beauty, while also giving them the chance to embrace their unique style. Whatever look you’re going for, the Sheer Embrace Collection has you stylishly covered.

Sheer Embrace Collection at anaono featuring our new mesh collection on breast cancer survivors

 Shop the Sheer Embrace Collection

Looking for something different? We have you covered with endless options of buttery-soft bras to choose from. All always wire-free, adjustable, comfortable and supportive, to support you and all your needs. We pride ourselves on making bras that are not only comfortable and affordable, but also adaptable to you and your reconstructed body. We are constantly evolving with you.

Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.