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    No.202 Finding Your Sexy After Breast Cancer

    Guest post by Melissa Berry aka Cancer Fashionista

    We’re in the middle of a pandemic, I’m 8 years out from a Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis and what do I do? I schedule a boudoir shoot with fellow thriver, iconic photographer, Nikon ambassador, and now a dear friend…Jen Rozenbaum. Because that’s how I roll. 

    All kidding aside, if we hit rewind back to 2013 when I was diagnosed and you told me that I’d be wearing sexy lingerie I would have said you were crazy. If you told me that I’d be PHOTOGRAPHED in sexy lingerie, I would have said you were out of your mind. And then post it on social media? Ummmm not happening. 


    Melissa lounging on bed smiling


    Well guess what I learned? That it’s possible to get your sexy back after the terrifying shock of your initial breast cancer diagnosis. After the mind bending chemo. After the body altering surgeries. The hair loss. The scars. Cancer can screw with us on many levels, but it can’t steal our femininity. The very essence that makes us women. Not if I have anything to do with it. 

    I’m not saving lives. I was never that great at science, so being a doctor was just never in the cards for me. But I do love fashion and I can tell you from one woman to another how great…. how EMPOWERING it can feel to slip into something super feminine. Even if it’s just for YOU.

    No matter where you’re at right now, take a peek at the newly launched AnaOno Intimates sexy lace collection. There’s a flirty baby doll (yes, please!), a cropped cami that Carrie Bradshaw would approve of, and undies to match. Black or dusty rose, choose your poison.

    I had the honor of trying these pieces on for my photo shoot with Jen a couple of months back, and we had a blast. I can tell you first hand that my energy shifted when I put these garments on. The baby doll hit me in all the right places. I couldn’t resist pairing the cropped cami with my tulle skirt for a little Sex and the City moment. Yes, that skirt was actually in my closet. I made it with my own hands when I was a fashion design major at Marist college and my designer critic was Michael Kors – true story!

    Melissa wearing a tutu

    I love the AnoOno #whatsunderneath campaign that supports this new collection. Know what it means? It means that healing is a process and it takes time. It means that you’re not alone and we’re all here for your, because we’ve walked the walk. It means that no matter what’s underneath, you are worthy. You are beautiful. And yes girl, even sexy.

    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.