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:
No matter if it’s a single mastectomy or a double mastectomy, range of motion will be limited. Not only will you be sore (it was a major surgery after all), but you will also have limited range of motion, especially in your arms. We call them T-Rex arms, since you cannot raise your arms above your shoulders, or lift anything heavy. That means no sports bras! Not until after post-treatment anyway. That's why we have to recommend the front closure bra for after the doctor releases you from your post-surgery bra. Just make sure, to consult your doctor that you are ready to put on something more comfy (and more flattering than the iron maiden).
Ask your Breasties (other women that have undergone a mastectomy) what they thought about their drains. It’s a trigger for sure! And likely the most annoying and uncomfortable part of your recovery. So you know we had to find a way to work around this. Our Miena mastectomy robe has a built in drain pouches to ensure that the drains stay put. A vast improvement from having them safety pinned to your surgical bra (yeah, that's how they send you out of the hospital room). Ask your doctor how many drains they suspect you'll need. You can always get a second belt if you are expect to have more than two drains. And once you are done with them, you get the pleasure of tossing that belt out. But not the robe! You get to stay comfy in this forever!
When you start feeling a bit more like yourself, and physical therapy helps get your range of motion back, you graduate to our super comfy, super luxe, Leslie Leisure bra, that you can even step into! You'll definitely want something soft against your skin to help you feel good while recovering, whether you are heading out or just looking for a little extra comfort around the house. This bra was made with all pain points in mind to make sure you can feel comfy and beautiful at the same time. We make sure that every little detail has been accounted for, and this leisure bra does it all!
Your attention might be focused on the bust, but let’s not forget about the undies. Just like the bras, this underwear is made of an incredibly soft, comfortable modal fabric. Get the 3-pack and not be bothered by laundry for a little while longer. Plus, a fun little tip we found is to wear the matching underwear set to your bra. It’s a simple trick, but it makes you feel a little cuter, then it’s worth it.
You may feel sick, but you certainly don't want to look it. When it comes to clothes after your mastectomy, the wrap dress is a great place to start. No zippers or buttons to fight with. Just an easy front knot around the waist for you to lounge and relax in style. The perfect go-to dress when you want to feel pulled together when friends and family come over. As a bonus, this dress also works with the same drain belt as the robe. Wear them together or apart, you'll never want to take this dress off.
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Guest Post: Katharine Doughty
When I found a lump in my chest in early 2010, I was ten years into a series of 26 self-portraits with four 4 images to complete. A theme of reclaiming runs throughout the project: reclaiming of self-representation, of our personal and collective stories and the power of visual image. Be it ten years or ten minutes, the essential gift is the same: focused discovery and reflection via the arts allows us to be a witness to ourselves. To hear and respond creatively to our bodies with our bodies is to reclaim a role in the healing of our bodies.