It’s National Thank You Note Day, and I know who should get the biggest Thank You of all, and that is you all! This year there is so much to be thankful for, and all of it is because of you.
Together, we raised over $50,000. This fundraising effort funded a young scientist research grant from METAvivor in the honor of Champagne Joy, the late founder of #Cancerland. The models in the show represent all of us that face a cancer diagnosis, from previvors, to early stage, to late stage patients. Together, we showed the world that WE ARE ONE. In 2019, we will do this ground-breaking show once again, shining the light on Metastatic Disease. All models in the show are battling Stage IV breast cancer, and will have their moment in the spot light to show the world that we can be strong, resilient and hopeful, but we MUST raise dollars for research to extend our lives and improve therapies beyond what we have today.
I spent years designing and creating each and every piece in the line, and for years, continued to hear, “When will you have swimwear!” and we did it! What a successful launch and seeing so many selfies and summer photos posted on social media gave me such joy this summer! And there is still some left, so get it before its gone! (Photo by @VictoriaGold and The Breasties)
We are grateful to Soma for believing in us, our mission, and our goal to make sure all women undergoing breast surgery feels beautiful and comfortable, and most of all empowered! Not only did you believe in us, but in the entire community by pulling our solutions out of the back room and putting us front and center, and joining us in the conversation that just because we have cancer we are no less the women we want to be. We said goodbye to sport bras together, and now have styles that fit and are sexy!
Showing our doctors who help us so much during our treatment, how much we care, how much we appreciate, and how important their work is, was bigger than anything we have ever been able to do before.
Without you, I couldn’t make any of this happen. Couldn’t make my dreams come true, couldn’t keep growing AnaOno, and with you, I feel #NeverAlone.
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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!