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.
BRAS FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
At AnaOno, we're excited to spread the word about BRA Day. If you're a breast cancer survivor, thriver or previvor, we're here to help you find the best bras for your post-mastectomy body-regardless of whether you choose reconstruction.
For those who wish to remain flat and fabulous, we offer a great collection of flat bras that can be worn during mastectomy recovery and beyond. Our pocketed full coverage bra, the Molly, for example, is a favorite since the wire-free, stretch fabric designs conforms to your shape after a single or double mastectomy. It can lay flat or you can use the built-in pockets to hold lightweight breast forms or prostheses.
We also have plenty of bras for reconstruction after mastectomy. The Pocketed Front Closure Bra is wonderful for wearing during recovery as your incision sites heal. We also recommend the Delilah Dream Soft Cup Bra and the Gloria Pocketed Wire-Free Bra, both of which combine gentle support with a flattering fit.
Browse our full collection of bras at AnaOno to find the best fit for your unique needs.
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There’s no denying that mastectomy tattoos can be both beautiful, inspired and badass. For many women affected by breast cancer, it’s the last step in their mastectomy and breast reconstruction journey, and a symbolic ritual that empowers them to move into the next chapter of their lives. By adorning their bodies in a personal design after their breast cancer diagnosis and surgeries, they are taking back their power and starting over. These post-mastectomy tattoos serve as a form of self-expression that helps restore confidence that may have been lost throughout their mastectomy and/or reconstructive process. What’s most important, is that you do what makes you feel most confident and comfortable in your skin, and that builds your confidence and love for your body after breast surgery and mastectomy.
The road to self-love and compassion for both your physical body and inner self after a breast cancer diagnosis or dealing with chronic pain can feel impossible to reach. We know, because we’ve been there. So have so many other countless women, breast cancer patients, survivors, thrivers and previvors in the AnaOno community. We talked to a few women who are not only on the road to self-acceptance after breast cancer, but setting their sights on the ultimate: self-celebration and true self-love after mastectomy surgery.