Train like an angel? Nah. Train like a previvor. If you've tested positive for a genetic mutation (like the BRCA gene), and have decided to take the brave step of getting a preventative double mastectomy, we see you girl! That was NOT an easy choice, but you are taking life by the reins and becoming your own superhero. As far as we're concerned, you're badass AF.
Guest post by Tracy Birdsell, Breast Cancer Survivor and Meditation Teacher
My trip to Owego inspired this month’s meditation on revival. The trees and the piles of golden leaves on the ground from the season before all reminded me that everything is a cycle. With this in mind, I created an easy system for you to help you stay focused on what matters most to you in your life right now in the year ahead.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s the start of another new year, and every year, we turn the page towards new opportunities and new adventures, in the hopes that this year will be the best yet, or maybe even better than last! For us here at AnaOno, the spark of a new year for us means REVIVAL. And that is what we are focusing on all month long. Revival is a special word for those of us in the breast cancer community, who after diagnosis, strive for recovery, a comeback and a reintroduction into who they are, and everything that encompasses.
We can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to be able to present this to you all. It’s about time the world saw some swimsuits designed with breast cancer patients in mind, that are actually cute and work for a range of different ages, not just your granny’s. You already know that some of the ones out there right now are kinda meh. And we just couldn’t leave it like that anymore! We’re not going to settle with our bras, we’re not going to settle with our swimsuits, we’re not going to settle. Period. That’s it.
We thought we would introduce you to the women on our website and the individuals who walked at NYFW. Besides getting to know some of the amazing people who make up not only the AnaOno community, but the breast cancer community, too, our hope is to share wisdom and experiences of life both during and after cancer treatment, as well as those whose lives will forever include treatment for breast cancer.
We really mean it when we say that you ladies inspire us every single day. When you tell us about designs you'd like or share pieces of your stories with us, we listen. It’s because of you telling us about your issues with finding ideal underwear, swimwear, whatever it is, that we came to create so many of our designs. So whenever we get the chance, we love to shine a spotlight on some people in the AO Community who inspire us. We'd now like to make an introduction.