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    The (re)Issue

    Throughout diagnosis, surgery, treatment and healing, there are so many things we feel like we can’t or shouldn’t talk about. Too often, we are left feeling shy, scared or too guilty to open up about what we are feeling or experiencing.  We are here to break the silence. 

    Guest Post: Gina LaPapa

    When he drifted off to sleep, his lips pursed and we snuggled for a moment on that cold November afternoon. Upon standing, I felt a twinge of pain in my right nipple. I noted he didn’t nurse on that side so it couldn’t have been anything he might have done while nursing. Besides, the only pain I had ever experienced breastfeeding was at the newborn stage when the baby was learning to latch.

    After I set him in his crib, I slipped in to my bathroom to examine my nipple. A slight crack with a tiny bit of blood appeared out of nowhere.  

    We appreciate the time our customers take to leave us a review on the products they love. We love it even more when we get to hear how our lingerie, swim and loungewear solutions make them feel! It’s why we do what we do. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, recovering from reconstruction or mastectomy, lumpectomy surgeries, undergoing radiation, those who are flat and fabulous or those who wear breast forms, dealing with pain, for everyday wear and beyond, you’re sure to learn something new from fellow community members and Breasties like you.

    It feels different today. It’s been 9 years, this month, that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This month, February, has taken on a whole new purpose for me these last 3 years. Each year since 2010, it has been cancer reminder, think again about cancer, cancerversary, birthday. But in 2016, when Champagne Joy asked me if I would be interested in doing an AnaOno fashion show at New York Fashion Week with her and #Cancerland, things began to change.  

    It’s the month of love, and whether you’re spending it with someone special or not, there’s no better time to update your lingerie. This February, our theme is REFOUND LOVE. Though we may not always feel our best, it's time we give ourselves the self-love and attention we deserve.

    AnaOno is excited to once again be a part of Project #Cancerland’s fundraiser show at New York Fashion Week! The show, on February 10th, is in partnership with Project #Cancerland and benefitting Metavivor, an organization which funds research to treat & cure Stage IV breast cancer, the only breast cancer that kills. Now in our third year of this groundbreaking showcase, this year’s runway will feature models who are all currently living with and battling the terminal disease.

    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. 

     

    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.
    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.
    Do the holidays have you feeling blue, alone, isolated, lonely? It’s always a weird time of year for me now, not the joyous time of year it once was. And every year following my diagnosis has a different reaction. The first year, I remember feeling thankful that I made it to the “almost” end of my treatment. The second year, I was figuring out what a new life looked like after a cancer diagnosis. The years after that, I approached the holidays holding my breath and thinking, “I made it. But could this be my last.”
    Today is bittersweet. This day marks 8 years and 5 months since I heard the three scariest words of my life. You. Have. Cancer.