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In this month's Everyday Runway column, Melissa Berry shares her favorite items in her "Ultimate Post-Mastectomy Survival Kit" so readers can look and feel their best all day!

Even though I’m nine years out from my bilateral mastectomy, nothing makes me happier than sharing solution-oriented resources with all of you!

Losing one or both of your breasts can be very traumatizing, but luckily there are tons of great products out there to help us look and feel our best throughout the process.

Whether you’re about to have your surgery or you’re in recovery mode, here are some must-haves that you don’t want to be without!

The Best Recovery Bra. Ever.

I’m a serious AnaOno fan and wear so many of their bras. I wish I had this Rora Pocketed Front Closure bra ($58) for my recovery, especially because of the front closure which makes getting dressed a snap. This is one of the very best front closure bras out there thanks to its unique combination of softness, adjustability and style. It also includes pockets that easily accommodate modesty pads, breast prosthesis or lightweight breast forms. 

Here’s a little treat for you! Enter promo code CF2022 at checkout and get 15 percent off full-priced eligible items at AnaOno (exclusions apply).

Tattoo You

Once your doctor gives you the green light to try a temporary nipple tattoo, I suggest ordering some from NIPPLEBACKS. NIPPLEBACKS are printed on a transparent adhesive and designed to work great on any skin tone. If you can’t decide which color will look best on you, try their variety pack ($25)!

Fashion & Function at Its Finest

What happens when you combine a super luxurious robe with a built-in drain belt? You get this fabulous AnaOno Miena Robe ($78). Available in Black and Dusty Rose, it’s the ultimate recovery lounge piece that comes with an inner belt and two detachable pouches that can be used for post-mastectomy drain management. The thoughtful design lets you wear this robe during treatment, recovery and well beyond. Plus, it’s one size fits all, so it makes the perfect gift!

Simply Splendid

My college besties sent me the most comfy cardigan as a get-well gift and this beauty from Splendid looks just like it! There are no buttons so you can slip in and out of it with ease. Such a great staple that you can take with you to chemotherapy appointments or just to lounge around in. Available at Bloomingdales for $64.

I could go on and on, but these are some of my favorite post-mastectomy essentials. For more tips, product suggestions and inspiration, visit cancerfashionista.com or follow me on Instagram @cancerfashionista.

Happy shopping!

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