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Finding Your Sexy After Breast Cancer

   

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us – a day of love, a day to feel beautiful, gorgeous and sexy.  For women who have gone through or are going through breast cancer, it can definitely be a very emotional and trying day as you wonder whether the words sexy and gorgeous still apply to you. 

I’m a breast cancer survivor, mother of 3, wife, teacher, co-founder of GorgeousYou.ca, and – though it took a while to get there - celebrator of all 365 sexy days of the year.

I was diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 37.  It was a shocker and feeling sexy was the farthest thing from my mind.  My initial focus was survival: double mastectomy, chemo, radiation, hormone therapy and a lot of tears.  I was so focused on my treatment that I didn’t even pause to think what I was losing. Eventually, I started to consider how this was going to make me feel as a woman. How can you feel attractive when you’ve lost what many in society equate to being a sexy woman?  Countless survivors have a hard time adjusting to their post cancer bodies and many unpleasant experiences with prosthetics and shopping for bras and swimsuits do not help that thought process. 

I co-created Gorgeous You to help women fighting cancer feel gorgeous and sexy again with lingerie, swimsuits, hats and accessories that combine fashion and function in a way that works for the survivors’ changing bodies.  Sometimes something as simple as having sexy bra that fits can give you that boost you are looking for.

But it takes more than clothes or a pretty bra to feel sexy again. In her blog I Had Cancer Jennifer Lukowiak explores the question “Is It Possible To Feel Sexy After Cancer?”  It takes a look at answering this question with honesty, humor and practical advice.  Take a read! 

In the last 10 years I have learned to love my body as it is right now, my scars are a sign of my strength and courage and I own them - plain and simple.  “After cancer” implies that the disease ends when the treatment does and this is simply not the case.  However, I have learned that loving and accepting myself just as I am is one of the most crucial parts of healing.  As everyone knows, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or any day there is nothing sexier than a confident woman.

Happy Valentine’s Day Sexy Survivors!


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