File this under the “wish I’d known” category:
Hy husband Pete has a colleague whose wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She sent me an email yesterday, or rather, her husband forwarded an email to me. She’s not feeling too well.
But here’s the thing: She alerted me to the fact that Nordstrom, the Seattle-based luxury department store known for its service, has a free, in-store prosthesis program. You an make an appointment with a prosthesis fitter who will sew a pocket into any bra that strikes your fancy. She’ll do the same with a post-surgery camisole, or enhancer/equalizer post-mastectomy. She’ll help you navigate the strange world of “breast forms.”
You can see a video about the service here:
I am the most boring lingerie person in the world. I’ve worn the same two Warner’s bras and the same briefs for decades. Well, not the same ones, but the same styles! In the run-up to my lumpectomy, I completely forgot about the need for a post-surgery bra. If memory serves, I sent Pete down to the hospital gift shop to pick something up as I was being wheeled into the OR.
It was comfortable. Pretty? Um, no. It looked like something my great-grandmother would have worn 100 years ago before Lycra and elastic were invented. The post-surgery weeks are not exactly a time when you’re feeling sexy, but a more attractive bra would have made me feel a little better, especially since it took me two months to recover.
This does not have to be your fate. Check out Nordstrom’s service. It looks pretty sweet.