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Mastectomy next week

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jules_n
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Re: Mastectomy next week

The ones I used post op were called Lynn, from Nicola Jane. 
Have you looked at Theya Healthcare? I haven’t tried them, but their soft bamboo bras seem to be popular, if a bit more expensive. J x

Sallybadbunny
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Re: Mastectomy next week

Yes, they told me any soft and supportive non wired bra will do for immediately post surgery but I don’t have any and am in pre surgery quarantine.  I’d previously tried some on at M&S but the big cups and higher sides dug into my underarm flab and loose skin from weight loss.

They said that they will fit me for a bra post surgery but they use Trulife and their bras are horrible and do not fit me so not sure what I’ll do - and I need something in the meantime.

jules_n
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Re: Mastectomy next week

Hi @Sallybadbunny 

I know you’ll want to get organised with bras and swimsuits, but I think you might be best to wait meantime. It’s going to be quite a while post op before you can return to swimming, and you’ll only need a soft front fastening bra to hold a “comfy” for the first few weeks. I was a DD cup, and just ordered 2 of those from Nicola Jane to get me started- you can order a few sizes to try, and send back as many as you want. The front fastening type are so much easier when it can be quite sore and you have poor mobility. 
My remaining boob has become smaller in the 8 months since my op, so some of the bras I bought in the early days are now too big. I’ve just finished chemo, so I think general weight loss has contributed.
I’ve also adapted some of my old sports bras using sew-in pockets, which has worked well. You might find that your shape and size changes too. 
I got a proper prosthesis from the hospital after about 8 weeks, but find I’m using it less and less. I prefer the softer “beany” type, or a Knitted Knocker. M&S do some very cheap “Bralette” tops in sets of 3 with removable pads, which will hold these softer prostheses. I wear medium size. 
I think what I’m trying to say Sally is that you have quite a long road ahead of you, physically and mentally. It’s very difficult to predict at this stage how your body will be, and how you will feel about it. But you will find a solution that works for you, there are different options, so don’t worry. Just focus on your operation and doing all the exercises after that. Feel free to send a DM if I can help you with anything. Best wishes, Jules X

Sallybadbunny
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4 bras received from Nicola Jane after virtual fitting an...

4 bras received from Nicola Jane after virtual fitting and 4 to return. The Lynn gave no support whatsoever - I bounced walking across the bedroom.  One of them seemed to fit until I realised that the cup needed to totally cover the breast or it wouldn’t work on the mastectomy side.   As to swimming, the booklet from the hospital and NHS website suggest it as exercise after mastectomy and say that you can start swimming two or three weeks post-surgery once the wound is waterproof/healing has taken place.  I have 5 swimming costumes but all are Adidas or Speedo proper sports ones and there's no way I could wear a prosthesis and I don't think that they would fit properly with one flat side and one big breast.   I know that I need exercise to prevent lymphoedema and that swimming would be good for this.  otherwise, I spend all my time sitting or lying down and this is going to be an issue for recovery and circulatory and lymph problems.

Shi
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Re: Mastectomy next week

Sorry that didn’t help have you asked at your unit? They might be able to suggest other places too for you ❤️💕💕Shi xx

Sallybadbunny
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Re: Mastectomy next week

Thanks, I’ve had a virtual fitting with Nicola Jane. Their fitter suggested an XL bra in D cup as they that’s their biggest cup size in the bra for after surgery! Most of their stuff is for smaller cup sizes. Their  Their swimming costumes only go up to C cup and a couple to D.  I’ve looked at all the main mastectomy ranges 

Shi
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Re: Mastectomy next week

❤️ Have you had a look at Nicola janes range? Jill I think it’s Nicola Jane a lot of women order from isn’t it? I’ve not used personally but might help sallybadbunny. Can you please confirm it’s Nicola Jane that’s another place they could try finding something suitable ❤️thanks 💕💕Shi xx

Sallybadbunny
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Mastectomy next week

Having a mastectomy next week and I’m very upset.  I had wanted a reconstruction at the same time but the surgeon says that that isn’t possible for various reasons - partly as the operation needs bringing forwards as the cancer is growing and partly as I will need extensive radiotherapy and he thinks that the result of a reconstruction may not be very good due to that. Due to other medical issues, including extensive abdominal surgery and back problems and having chronic health conditions , a tissue reconstruction may not be possible/advisable.  

i feel that I will never be able to go back to my normal life and activities with just one breast as I have found it impossible to get a comfortable mastectomy bra as they tend to have big cups and come up higher at the sides and thus dig in.  None of those in M&S fit and most mastectomy bras are in the same few styles.  I tend to wear scoop necked T -shirts snd like smooth, seam free and minimal bras.   I have ordered some soft crop top style bras from Amazon for the first few days post surgery but the support isn’t as good as for a proper bra and all that fabric is a bit hot and sweaty.  I am also aware of Asda’s range but they are out of anything that I like in my size and I’m not sure that lace is a good idea and prefer smooth bras anyway.  
most upsetting of all is that I am a swimmer and cannot find a mastectomy swimming costume suitable for someone fairly tall (needs to be long enough in the body) and with bigger cups (E plus).  I was a G cup before cancer weight loss and expect to put on some of that weight again.   I have narrow hips and shoulders so if I go up a size, end up with clothing hanging off me/falling down.  I’ve always worn Adidas or Speedo swimming costumes as these fit well and are comfortable but  these cannot be adapted.  I have a bikini with F cup but it comes too low to be able to sew in a prosthesis pocket.  I hate costumes with skirts and things like that  - I wear proper sports brands.  

I am disabled and have arthritis and mobility problems and swimming is the only exercise I could do and a large part of my social life.  I have been in M&S (swimming costumes are short in the body and the prosthesis pockets are tiny) and this seems to be the case if I simply look for my dress size.  I have looked at Nicola Jane, Amooena and  other specialist sites and most costumes only fit up to a c cup.  There is the odd one that goes up to a D.  
while I still hope that I may be able to get some sort of reconstruction or reduction of the other breast at some stage, this could be a considerable time down the line.   
Has anybody found a sportswear brand that does mastectomy costumes in E+ cup, preferably one that does not come up high to dig in under the arms?

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