Shop AnaOno In-Store in Chicago with Studio I and Naturally Yours Boutique
There's no better feeling than touching and trying on a bra that actually fits your (re)newed body. We understand that not everyone feels comfortable shopping for bras online, which is why we've partnered with mastectomy boutiques across the country to bring AnaOno to you in-person.
There are many benefits to shopping from a local boutique, as they offer professional bra fittings from certified fitters, wig consultations and fittings for those going through chemotherapy, as well as custom breast form fittings.
We sit down with Studio I manager, Lori Miller to hear more about mastectomy bra shopping, running a specialty lingerie boutique, and why she loves supporting breast cancer patients
Shop Mastectomy at Studio I & Naturally Yours Boutiques
- Studio I Boutique in St. Joseph, Michigan
- Studio I Boutique in Mishawaka, Indiana
- Naturally Yours Boutique in Willowbrook, Illinois.
Your One Stop Shop For Fittings and Everything Mastectomy
Our boutiques offer complimentary professional breast and bra fittings and consultations with Certified & Accredited Mastectomy Fitters, as well as Licensed Cosmetologists for those dealing with hair loss. We are here to help assist in choosing the best items for the individual need. We offer breast prostheses, pocketed bras, pocketed swimwear, compression garments, cranial prosthesis (wigs), hair pieces, headwear, non-toxic body products, gifts and so much more!
A Family's Mission To Help
My mom is actually the owner. She owned a salon and her best friend was diagnosed with Bone cancer. My mom tried to help her as much as she could, but this was in the early 90s and there was not much out there for women. After her passing, my mom made it her life mission to help women with hair loss. Upon her training she was introduced to the breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra world. A whole new realm that did not have a lot of exposure and there was little to no help anywhere near us for the women of our community.
I, in the meantime went to college to become a Chiropractic Technologist. I had some medical background so when I graduated and was expecting my oldest daughter, I did not want her in a daycare so my mom said "With your education and knowledge, why don't you work for me and just bring the baby?" From there I became a licensed Cosmetologist and an Accredited and Certified Fitter of Mastectomy. That journey began 26 years ago this October. I laugh and say, "God certainly has a sense of humor because I never imagined working for my mother, with my sister and now my two daughters!" Just because you didn't originally decide to be where you are today does not mean it isn't where you're MEANT to be. I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field and help others. This career is beyond fulfilling.
How Lori is Making Women Feel Themselves Again, One Mastectomy Business at a Time
What excites me the most about working in the post mastectomy/breast surgery business is being able to help women feel like themselves again so that they can live life to their fullest potential despite what tried to destroy them. The smiles, the tears, the hugs, the thank you's, ... it never gets old and is honestly the most rewarding feeling ever! SOMEDAY, I want to travel to Mexico and take donated gently used prosthesis and bras and fit the women there with proper items so that they too can feel like themselves because mastectomy boutiques are not plentiful there.
When Lori's First Fitting Changed a Customers Experience
Oh gosh, there are so many!!! However, I will never forget my very first fitting. She was a little elderly women about 80 years old. After we finished she looked in the mirror and grabbed both of her breasts (one her natural and one a prosthesis) and she says to me, "Thank you for making me feel like a woman again". Another time, was when I had a customer come in that was about 2 years past due for her fitting due to insurance. She pulled her prosthesis out of her bra and handed it to me. I wanted to just bawl for her. It was about 4 sizes too small and was disintegrating. The silicone was oozing everywhere and was full of mold. THIS is unacceptable! I went to our angel closet of gently used prosthesis and gave her one to use until the insurance was figured out. She thanked me, hugged me so tight and told me that she had not been leaving her house much because of the way she looked. Now she was not embarrassed. That feeling of thankfulness to be able to help someone in such an intimate way, never goes away.
We're Not Your Grandma's Bra...
Why do they look so big? Why are they so ugly and why do they look like something my grandma would wear?!
Editor's Note: This is the exact reason AnaOno was founded - to create beautiful and comfortable bras that don't look matronly.
Advice To Calm The Nerves When Getting Fitted
Breathe... it honestly helps to relax. We as fitters know the uncertainties of the fitting, especially the first one following surgery(s). Relax... there are so many places and appointments that are nerve wrecking or cause anxiety. Mastectomy boutiques are a place of comfort, support, information and understanding. It is up to us to help them regain some normalcy during their journey, whatever that road looks like. We are a liaison to help that road be a little easier and perhaps less scary.
We Love Our Customers
I love that they come to us for advice and expertise. They trust us to lead them in the right direction for whatever their needs may be. When they stop in just to say hello or check "what's new", it is a feeling of gratitude. I also LOVE it when they become friends!
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