It was August 2020. Eight months after my long-term partner lost his battle with depression and seven months since the start of the pandemic. I’d worked throughout as a nurse and had just bought my first home. I thought things were finally on the up and there couldn’t possibly be any more surprises. It had been one hell of a year and my life finally felt like mine again. Nothing else could go wrong – surely?!
This is a blog that Caroline wrote for Breast Cancer Now.
After My Surgery I Felt Forgotten by the Lingerie Market
Caroline was diagnosed with breast cancer twice: once in 2012, and again in 2015. Following a double mastectomy and reconstruction, she decided to build her confidence back up by creating a lingerie brand.
At LoveRose we have designed each post-surgery bra to meet different outcomes of breast surgery. We have constructed the bras with clever hidden support hammocks to negate the need of horrid underwires and so protect the breast tissues. We considered where every seam goes to avoid irritating any scars and nipples, and we have used sumptuous silks and the softest recycled lace and mesh in mood boosting colours.
If you have had a lumpectomy you may be struggling with uncomfortable seams and you might now have one breast slightly smaller than the other. We have four bra options which would suit you and take you from day to night!
After a single or double breast reconstruction you may be struggling with uneven breast size, a bigger gap in-between your breasts now. It will also depend if you've had an implant or a DIEP or TRAM reconstruction. A reconstruction using a muscle or fat will sometimes result in a heavier breast and therefore our support hammocks really come in handy!
I think what what Caroline is doing is fantastic. She’s been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and is now designing bra’s for those who have been through the same. I want to give back to this supportive community, and support people like Caroline who’s aim is to help ladies who have had breast surgery. I want these ladies to have the same experience I did, to buy a bra from someone who just ‘gets it’.