If you thought finding a comfortable yet attractive bra was hard, trying finding one that fit both bills after having a mastectomy.
Debbie Barrett had a breast removed 21 years ago and now wears a prosthesis, according to the New York Daily News. When she needs a new bra, she has to drive a long way from her rural home in Virginia to a specialty store for a bra that actually fits. That shouldn’t have to be.
That’s why Debbie’ daughter Allana Maiden is petitioning Victoria’s Secret to make attractive, well-fitting and comfortable bras for breast cancer survivors.
“She lives in a small rural town, and the closest mall is probably a half hour away,” Allana told the Daily News. “She was driving an hour and a half to go to the closest store that sold specialty bras. She only goes when she absolutely needs to. She doesn’t get to enjoy shopping for bras like most women do. So I thought, Victoria’s Secret, they have stores in pretty much every mall I’ve ever been to — so who would be better to start a line of bras that would be accessible to everyone?”
Just a few days ago, Allana started a petition at Change.org to urge Victoria’s Secret to include special bras for women like her mom in their stores.
In her Change.org petition, Allana wrote:
My mom is a breast cancer survivor — 21 years cancer-free! I’m so inspired by her strength and hope, and after everything she went through, it doesn’t seem fair that shopping for bras is such a discouraging, time consuming and frustrating ordeal. Many women who undergo mastectomy surgery because of breast cancer suffer from body image issues. It doesn’t help that they don’t have the option of buying the pretty bras they wore before their battle with cancer, and specialty stores can be hard to find, forcing them to order bras online that they have to send back because they don’t fit properly.
There are so many women out there, like my mom, who have survived breast cancer but are left feeling altered and uncomfortable because of undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I think they deserve to feel beautiful and Victoria’s Secret is the perfect company to help make that happen with a line of “Survivor” mastectomy bras.
Victoria’s Secret stores are located all across America and the sales women are always helpful with fittings. The designs are beautiful and can do wonders to boost a woman’s self esteem, which is definitely needed after a life-changing experience like breast cancer and major surgery.
So far Victoria’s Secret hasn’t commented, although the company is historically supportive of breast cancer charities, raising nearly $10 million in the past two years alone for nearly The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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