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standard robes is its construction; pockets in the inside of the built-in bra can hold a prosthetic breast(s) or icepacks. There are additional interior pockets constructed to hold the weight of fluid in drains. The material is also lightweight and soft, so that comfort is never an issue. Jennifer Ferguson, a fitness enthusiast in Portland, Oregon, founded Handful, a sports bra company. Handful’s sports bras (an X-back and an adjustable strap model) and workout tanks(shown above), all made with soft, moisturewicking material, come equipped with a generously cut pocket and a set of color-coordinated removable pads. Women with tender skin that has been affected by radiation or surgery will appreciate the absence of any hardware on the sports bra, which has light compression and offers a more comfortable fit. For those who have range-of-motion issues, it’s possible to step into the Handful bra and pull it up rather than raise the arms up to pull it down. Because it is an approved mastectomy garment, purchases of bras, tanks, and pads can be billed to insurance, too. Swimming is another highly recommended form of exercise for breast cancer survivors. However, finding stylish and functional swimsuits can often be a big hurdle to overcome for water workouts. Thankfully, there are several swimsuit lines and products that are designed to meet the needs of women who've had breast cancer. Nicola Jane (nicolajane. com), Amoena (amoena.com), Anita (anita.com), Jodee (jodee.com), and Hapari (hapari.com) all offer a variety of swimsuits, bikinis, and tankinis for women impacted by breast cancer (and several of these sites offer other apparel as well). Nicola Jane’s swim prosthesis is uniquely designed with clear silicone to provide a natural shape. As an added bonus, they come with a two-year manufacturing guarantee and can be used in hot tubs, saltwater, and chlorine. Getting back into a fitness routine following breast cancer can seem like an intimidating task. It's helpful to know that exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress and that taking steps towards activity can potentially increase health while decreasing the likelihood of recurrence. Each new day offers the wonderful opportunity to get stronger and healthier, leaving cancer a step, a leap, and, eventually, a journey behind. afm

"I wanted to give women dignity in an otherwise hard and traumatic time." —Allison Schickel, Brobe Creator The Brobe offers robes with a built-in-bra for personal and medical use.

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