With Valentine’s Day in the air, buying some beautiful new underwear may be on the minds of some women, or men brave enough not to be daunted by the lingerie aisle!
However after a diagnosis of breast cancer, more than 80% of women suffer the trauma of surgery to remove part or all of one or both their breasts. After going through surgery, women affected often tell Breast Cancer Care they feel unfeminine and like they will never be able to feel confident and glamorous.
Breast Cancer Care’s free Lingerie Evenings, which take place in local communities across the UK, can help women find body confidence after surgery, give them the opportunity to be fitted with post-surgery bras, and see how the lingerie looks on volunteer models who have had breast cancer themselves.
Elaine Wilson, 47, from Macclesfield, attended a Lingerie Evening having a full mastectomy of her right breast. She said: “Before I attended the Lingerie Evening, I was not interested in nice clothes or lingerie at all. I just wanted to hide away in baggy, ‘nothing’ clothes after surgery. I didn’t know how to make the most of my new shape and I had no idea of the underwear that was available.
“The Lingerie Evening gave me some great ideas and a new feeling of confidence. Seeing the women there who had also gone through it and had adjusted to their new ‘body normal’ was inspiring. The fact they were able to make the most of their new figures proved to me that I could still feel and look good.”Find out more.