Guest Post by Samantha Paige
I missed half of my senior year of college for a thyroidectomy and radiation after a sudden thyroid cancer diagnosis weeks after my 21st birthday. I spent the following decade in and out of hospitals for follow-up testing, chronic migraines and PTSD-related anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
We know how overwhelming it can be when your mom calls you up and you hear the news, “I have breast cancer.” She’s scared, and you probably are too. While her breast cancer diagnosis can make you feel unsteady and unsure of what to do, just know that you are not alone.
Knowing how many bras you need after your single or double mastectomy can feel just as puzzling as knowing what bras to get in the first place. There are so many stages to surgery, recovery, treatment (and beyond!) that we need bras for. We are here to help you navigate the question: “how many post-mastectomy bras do I need?”
Post-mastectomy style can be tricky. No matter what kind of surgery you’ve had, what your reconstructive choice is, or where you find yourself in your post-mastectomy adventure, we have fit and fashion tips that are sure to inspire once you have healed from your breast surgery.
While everyone has different journeys, and different stories, finding the courage to love yourself through your breast cancer diagnosis or gene mutation can be one of the most challenging things EVER. To honor this, we will be sharing some tips on how to practice self-love BEFORE and DURING your mastectomy healing process.
We can probably all agree that the average post-mastectomy bra at a mastectomy shop is kind of, well, THE WORST. Finding the right bra for your body is already tough enough when you have “regular” boobs, but now that yours have been removed because of a mastectomy, or if you are in the process of reconstructing, things are even trickier, more complicated, and seemingly impossible.
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.
After your mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, your f(oo)bs don’t require underwire styles anymore. In a post-mastectomy world, womankind has been blessed by the fact that wirefree bralettes are now trendy, pretty, and supportive enough to completely replace our underwire bras. Luckily finding the perfect post-mastectomy bralette for your body and surgery type is now easier and more effortless than ever.
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. 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.
One of the biggest questions a lot of us face from being diagnosed with breast and undergoing mastectomy surgery, especially during this waiting period is, “What will my boobs look like?” And, “What bras are going to work for me?” Or, the dreaded, “Will I even be able to wear pretty bras again!?” The answer is YES...