Like many Breast Cancer Survivors, I continue to learn about survivor stories from patients that go into pre-surgical mastectomy with hope, optimism, and despair - seeking a positive outcome, though quite unsure of the unexpected and what’s truly ahead. We realize there’s the unspoken word from our physicians and medical experts, keeping the post recovery phase at arms length, when integrated healthcare and mind, body and soul nourishment is so vital to ones successful recovery. That’s why it’s critical to reach out to Women (and Men) breast health organizations in advance – make the connection. Utilize your local resources to educate and plan for good nutrition, healthy living, work-life balance and family adjustments. All this takes a toll on one’s positive recovery. Recovery is not easy. It can impact our mind, body and soul and by having the right attitude, it can make all the difference.
I know when I think positive about what’s ahead – whether an additional surgery, doctor’s visit, or grueling medical appointment is needed, knowing what’s on the horizon may help you get thru the situation just the same. Most local communities and towns offer educational classes to survivors such as yoga, Pilates and a variety of other survival fitness programs also available in group settings. It’s not just the physical toll breast surgery may have on you, it’s about the way in which you handle it -- positive thinking, healthy eating and nutrition, coping with loss, grief, family, and so much more. I know many women are unsure where to turn.
When I went through not just one surgery but thirteen, I just kept charging forward. I didn’t think back about what had happened and what went wrong, I couldn’t. That would have brought me down much further to a very dark place. So I picked myself up off the mat and tried to live each day to its fullest after breast cancer. That’s when I got inspired and began to log and blog about my survivor story in My Pain Woke Me Up: BLISS! It took quite a while to document and research all my medical findings, especially since my journey didn’t end until four long years later. So I continued to write and add one chapter after another. My creativity rose to new levels and I unleashed my inner thinkings. This was extremely therapeutic for me and my healing factor. Writing about how BLISS-ful! my days ahead could and would be. How I could change my intimate experience into something different for me and for the lives of other survivors. I attempted to turn sour grapes into sweet lemonades by inventing a trendy new intimate apparel line to rock a survivor’s world.
I had never been a fashion designer or artist before but somehow I rose above it all, trying to forget about the pain and saga helped me plow thru it. I put my media and high-tech experience from all angles to work with my network of resources. I created a colorful gallery of beautiful, bold images which depicted my challenging journey from diagnosis throughout recovery and the vision of a pursuit of happiness.
Today, I share my story with other survivors so that you too can find your niche and learn from it. Put your ideas into play and pay it forward. No doubt, I went thru the ringer over a period of time, looking back from survivorship as a young widow followed by divorce, unemployment and breast cancer years later. You could say that I found the definition of perseverance but I didn’t make any claims for myself. Healthy Living with these 4 Ps became words of passion, perseverance, promise and the pursuit of happiness. . .all folded up in one pink pocket.
I identified a short list of National self-help organizations and local resources specifically for breast health and wellness and offered those in one chapter in my book. I put ideas of inspiration and motivation to work by innovating a line of compression-based undergarments for women and men as seen here in this CRISSCROSSIntimates.com Collection Video. Today, we offer complete ensembles of matching sets – bras, panties, leggings, accessories made with luxurious micro-fiber fabrics and men have similar offerings – compression vests, tanks, tops and leggings. In fact, you don’t need to be a survivor to wear our line, sports enthusiasts can wear our intimates as activewear – the garments are that versatile!
I wanted women and men who underwent similar procedures to mine, to Feel Confident and Look Beautiful or Handsome throughout their recovery. I didn’t feel so good when my saga just continued month after month, year after year, and I knew by wearing contemporary, sexy, colorful undergarments that would have made a HUGE difference to my positive recovery. So these were some of my goals when I created the line. I hope I have inspired you as a survivor and if you are in need to to try our line, or share with a family or friend who may undergo any stage or phase of breast surgery, or someone who may just want apparel that rocks your world - think #CRISSCROSSIntimates!
As a sister-survivor, we are here to support one another. Knowing the proper undergarments to be fitted in is just as critical and so I became a certified Bra Fitter when I launched the CRISSCROSS LUXE line of activewear and post-surgical Intimate Apparel. So feel free to call upon me at email@example.com and plan to SHOP CrisscrossIntimates.com today for 20% off during #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth. Offer good thru 10/31/19, promo code 20OFF at checkout.
Wishing you all the breast!
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