Foobs (breast prosthesis) & Speciality Bras
The most cost-effective place to source these was via the Cancer Society – your local branch can advise you of their recommended suppliers and fitters where you can make an appointment to get your new best friends.
Find your local branch at www.cancernz.org.nz
If you are not close to a branch of the Cancer Society or have someone else in mind there are also independent retailers offering a great range of prosthesis and bras.
Lingerie on Barrington, 256 Barrington St, Christchurch. 03 337 6609
The Fitting Room (formerly UFitIn) 19 Rimu St, Riccarton, Christchurch. 0800 GRT FIT www.thefittingroom.co.nz
Headwear (Hats & Scarves)
The Cancer Society offer a great range of free turbans and scarves generously made and donated by volunteers – this is a great place to start to find out what style and colours suit you. Find your local branch at www.cancernz.org.nz
Other suppliers offering speciality hats with soft fabric and linings and funky headwear for your cancer journey include.
Swimwear, Bras & Underwear
What can we say? On the whole we’ve found NZ mastectomy swimwear/underwear (just like those last words) to be ugly, old-fashioned and not what someone in their 20s and 30s would be willingly wearing. But don’t you despair – your flirting, swimming, sunbathing and sipping poolside cocktails are far from over – cue the overseas online retailer.
Here’s a selection of our favourite suppliers and brands for you to check out…
From Australia, all of the Funkita ‘Form’ swimwear range have mastectomy pockets – this includes one-pieces and tankinis in a great range of colours and styles and not too pricy ($65 to $140 AUD). They also have great end of season and sample sales.
From the UK offering international delivery of a great range of one piece, bikini and tankinis as well as mastectomy bras and underwear…
From the US offering a range of swimwear with pockets for breast inserts (although not specific mastectomy swimwear)
Hair Therapy, 8 Rotheram St, Riccarton, Christchurch. 03 343 4093 www.hairtherapy.co.nz
Minifies Hair & Make Up, 362 Cashel St, Christchurch. 0800 MAKEUP www.minifies.co.nz