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    The (re)Issue

    After empowering yourself with tons of information and meeting with the best plastic surgeons and doctors for your breast surgery options after mastectomy, you and your medical team have decided that a DIEP Flap surgery is the best reconstructive breast surgery option for you.

    So your wife was diagnosed with breast cancer or a genetic mutation and is now planning to undergo a mastectomy. We know how you must be overwhelmed, scared and a little unsure of how to help her through all of this, but you are not alone. 

    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.

    We know that sometimes, it may feel that our doctors don’t always get it. Especially how we may feel after leaving their office. This is not the case with Dr. Jonathan Bank, a plastic surgeon who’s on a mission to help those of us with mastectomies embrace our scars and newly reconstructed breasts (aka (f)oobs) with pride & confidence.  And we just had to share it with you!
    It’s the season of giving. But if you’ve been following along this month, our theme here at AnaOno is all about support. December is the time to come together and show the people we love how much we care by offering them support, understanding and empathy, at a time when they may need it most.
    We know that heading into the surgery room to face your single or double mastectomy surgery is a frightening thing. Not to mention the added anxiety of getting dressed and ready for the occasion. That's why we are here to help. We do not want you to worry one bit about how you will dress yourself, so we prepared a simple go-to list of our top 5 styles that help you recover in comfort.

    As Women's History Month comes to a close, it only seems appropriate to wrap up the month with a few of the women who impacted breast cancer history; the ones who inspired breast cancer patients in some way or another. These ladies made us look at our health and our bodies a little differently.

     

    We often get asked about AnaOno bras and insurance coverage, and while insurance guidelines prohibit us from taking insurance online, you may be able to get reimbursement on your purchases.

    We wanted to provide a brief step-by-step guideline that will help you if reimbursement is an option for you. 

    Following a breast cancer diagnosis or learning of a BRCA gene mutation, women are faced with a number of surgical treatment options depending on the type, stage and grade of the cancer or how aggressive they want to be in reducing their risk of a breast cancer diagnosis. Surgical options may include lumpectomies, single or bilateral mastectomies, all of which may be done with or without reconstruction. Deciding what option is best is complicated, and when the question of what to do about the nips is tossed in the mix, it can be overwhelming.

     

    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 knew 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. 

     

    50 years ago, today. “A protest would feature a “freedom trash can” into which women could throw away all the physical manifestations of women’s oppression, such as “bras, girdles, curlers, false eyelashes, wigs...

    After surviving breast cancer, Dana Donofree used her experience to launch a bra company for others like her, who want to feel sexy and feminine again.