A breast cancer diagnosis has a ripple effect. It doesn’t just upend the life of the person who’s now facing down treatment; it impacts families, communities, friends. While no two experiences are the same, we asked survivors and their loved ones what was most important, with the hope that their stories might make others’ journeys a little bit easier.

On Becoming a Survivor

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old right when my life was supposed to be falling into place. At the time, it was hard to imagine a life beyond treatment never mind a new career, a flourishing blog, and a sweet baby boy. For anyone facing breast cancer right now, remember you are not alone. Women like me are here cheering you on and know that there is hope right around the corner from the
pain you are in the midst of right now. Don’t give up on your future. - Anna C.

“Something I was told (read: warned) was that “the after” is actually the hardest part. During surgery, chemo – everyone is checking in on you to see how you’re doing. However there’s a common misconception that cancer ends when recovery and chemo end. FALSE. That is the hardest part; you’re navigating this whole new world with a different body, a different sense of self, people aren’t checking in on you – they assume that life goes back to normal. That is where the trauma sets in, when you actually have time to sit and grapple with what you’ve just experienced and how it has changed the course of your life. … It’s important to note this is also a double edged sword because while you wish people were still checking in on you, you also don’t want (or I didn’t) to be defined by cancer.” - Leah D.R.

On Family and Community

I am currently navigating my way through survivorship. It’s not easy but I try my best to remain positive by putting myself first and taking care of my mental health. My advice to any women walking through this fire is to find other women that are also battling breast cancer. No one else will understand you quite like them. Linking arms with other warriors is what carried me to the finish line of treatment and into survivorship. Godspeed. - Aisha Patterson

“Through this experience, my mom found a lovely group of ladies - breast cancer survivor group - who she still sees regularly. I think that helped her feel less alone.” - Isa D.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Two weeks later, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, too. It was so, so tough going through it. But my mother had a mastectomy and is 100% cancer free, and my mother-in-law had a lumpectomy and will be doing three weeks of radiation. It brought my husband and me closer together and made us want to try for a family even more. Cancer is such a scary word, you think it’s the end but with prayer and hope, there can be a miracle.” - Sophia H.

If you’re facing down breast cancer treatment, the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear. But when you’re dealing with swelling, scarring, drainage tubes, finding the right bra can make a huge difference in post-op recovery. We’re so grateful that breast cancer survivors have found some of Yummie’s bras comforting during this difficult period


“This is the best post mastectomy bra. It has worked perfectly with implants, tissue expanders and nothing at all. It is also the only bra that didn't irritate the drainage tubes. I don't know how I would have been able to leave the house without it.” - Josette M.  



“Love this bra and have [it] in several different colors. It's the only one I can wear comfortably after my surgery, chemo and radiation. I've tried others but nothing is as comfortable as my yummie.” - Linda L. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for the entire month of October, Yummie is donating 10% of profits on all bras to our partners in kicking breast cancer’s butt: Keep A Breast and The Breasties. Community is at the center of what these orgs do. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed (or if you’re looking to support great organizations doing incredible work), they’re beyond worth checking out.