As if surviving breast cancer isn't enough, the ensuing years of buying bras post-mastectomy can be downright disheartening.
That's why one woman is asking women's lingerie company Victoria's Secret to create a bra that breast cancer survivors can feel sexy, pretty and feminine in.
Inspired by her mother
Allana Maiden, 27, is the young woman behind the petition, which is hosted on Change.org and has already garnered more than 50,000 signatures. Her mom, Debbie Barrett, got breast cancer when Maiden was just six years old, but has been cancer-free for 21 years.
"Mastectomy bras are currently treated as more of a medical device," Maiden told Yahoo! Shine. "Their purpose is to hold the prosthesis in place and nothing more. But women like to buy bras and panties that make them feel feminine and pretty. If there's anyone that deserves this pretty feeling, it's breast cancer survivors."
Maiden notes that her mom has to drive an hour to a specialty store just to get "ugly and expensive" bras, and that she wishes breast cancer survivors could have access to more attractive undergarments.
A rally cry
Women all over the country have been commenting on the campaign.
Adrienne Acosta of Morgan Hill, Calif. says, "Women are still women after a mastectomy and should be able to still feel like women when dressing. Most of us women wear lingerie for ourselves, not for others."
Victoria Secret did not respond to Yahoo Shine's request for comment.
Source: Yahoo Shine
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