When women walk into lingerie stores, they’re bombarded with so many options. The colours. The styles. The fabrics. It’s almost too much. For most, finding the perfect bra, one that fits and makes you feel “just right,” is a challenge. But it becomes next to impossible when you’ve had a mastectomy.
That’s exactly what Dana Donofree realized after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and then chemotherapy. Regular bras irritated her sensitive skin and didn’t fit properly. So, Donofree decided to create her own line of bras, one that would make breast cancer patients feel sexy and secure.
All of the intimate apparel at AnaOno, the company Donofree founded, is created specifically for breast cancer patients and survivors. We have to say, the products are beautiful, feminine and look really comfortable. As Donofree writes on the AnaOno website, “We encounter many challenges during breast cancer treatment. Our underwear drawer shouldn’t be one of them.”
Just recently, AnaOno launched their MAKEMERRY collection. The lingerie is designed for women with extremely sensitive skin due to radiation therapy. Dr. Katie Deming is a radiation oncologist who teamed up with Donofree to create this particular collection of intimates. She says the main side effects of radiation treatment are sunburn-like reaction and swelling.
“When I was training as a resident, I was taught to tell women just to go braless during radiation that it would feel better because of the skin irritation,” she said. “And what I found after a few months of practising on my own was that women were telling me this does not work.”
Enter in the pocket plunge wirefree bra from the MAKEMERRY collection. The beautiful plunging bra, that comes in super pretty blush pink (as seen above) and black, is made with a soft, breathable, washable fabric (no chemicals!), has hidden seams, removable straps and includes a pocket for modesty pads and light prosthetics. It’s sexy and simple and “fits just right.”
Who it’s for:
Breast cancer patients and survivors who are looking for a practical, yet beautiful bra.
Pre-order $66 (not including taxes and shipping), expected delivery May 30.