Lucy - at last!
I don't normally do product reviews here, but I'm all excited about something and I want to share. This may not be of interest to my male readers - we're talking bras, boys. And it may not be of so much interest to my female readers who have not had a mastectomy.
I never thought much about sports bras before breast cancer. I wore a 36D. I'd just look for something that basically fit. Also, I wasn't doing such high impact sports, more hiking and climbing. (I only started running a couple of years ago)
But after a mastectomy, full axillary node dissection, free TRAM reconstruction, and reduction on the other side (for relative symmetry - bringing me to a 36C), well-fitting bras seemed more important and difficult to find. I have one real breast, one not-so-real breast, and lots of scar tissue. I need support, but I also need comfort. Way too many bras are comfy but offer little support. I have resorted to doubling up on sports bras at times. Others offer support simply by compressing everything. No, I do not want to have my breasts squished up and out the sides, or be bound like a pair of Chinese feet of old. I don't want to feel like I'm wearing an armored breast plate, either. After all, I'm moving while I exercise. I've tried many bras during the last 9 years, and have not been completely satisfied.
Enter Lucy, maker of good, really cute athletic clothes. I was recently named one of their Lucy Pros, a program in which they highlight fitness professionals. I knew their clothing before - well-made and super-cute - but only recently tried out one of their sports bras. I got the Perfect Core, their most supportive bra. I LOVE IT! It's comfy; it's got structure; it supports me - and it doesn't just smoosh me. The big test was last week's 1/2 marathon - super comfortable, start to finish!
I'm not saying this is the bra that all women who have had a mastectomy should wear. What I am saying is that a good fitting bra is really important. Keep looking. It's SO worth it!
and you can check out my Lucy profile at www.Lucy.com.
- BY Julie | 11.07.2010
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