Shout out to my homegirls from the IBTC – you know who you are so I won’t list your initials here. I’ve found 2 essential undergarments that will rock your world.
[But first, an injury status report.]
Last week my activity level hit an all-time high: I played tennis three times, (or, ran around the court in a tennis skirt and racquet…you say tomat-oe, I say to-mah-toe) worked out with a personal trainer 2x to develop a good routine for expanding and improving my range of motion, and went on a hike and a walk. This was a huge milestone for me as I’ve become quite comfortable in my “chair”. But the thing about cancer is, and all oncologists agree, moderate exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are two important tools to prevent recurrence. You’d think after this record-breaking period of exercise after being on the DL for so long would have me wiped out or sore. And you’d be ….wrong. What actually did me in was …an afternoon with friends downtown hitting up H&M, Zara, and Uniqglo.
Yes. Sigh. I have shopper’s elbow.
In an unprecedented rookie move, I wore a handbag that didn’t quite fit over my shoulder when I had my jacket on. Mistakes were made. This kind of negligence forced me to wear my heavy handbag in the crook of my arm. All day. So when I woke up this morning after a full day shopping around Union Square and I had difficulty moving my right arm, I knew what had happened. Get out the violins, ’cause it’s pretty painful.
[I know what you’re thinking. Good Lord – what more can go wrong? First she gets breast cancer, then she gets….shopper’s elbow? Could this be any worse?]
M is, naturally, the most attentive nursemaid to me while I suffer in silence.
Had you going there for a minute, right?
Ok, back to my story and the fruits of my labor. I hit the jackpot at Uniqglo. They have these fantastic camisoles with built in bra shelves and – wait for it – built in padded molded cups. Seriously brilliant. They come in all different colors and I’m wearing one now. In fact I think I shall officially Live in Them Forever. I’m sharing this with you because as the sub header of my blog suggests “journey through breast cancer one outfit at a time,” I’d be remiss if I didn’t share what I’m actually wearing. This minute. As in, right now.
It’s called the Women’s Airism Bra Camisole and it’s only $19. There’s also something very important about the material they call heatech which apparently does something with bacteria wicking but I don’t really care about that so much as long as it’s soft. And it is!
This is what the camisole looks like from the outside and inside. It comes in like 6 different colors. Did I mention it’s $19?
I also picked up a bra there as well – $22 – and it’s a great transition bra for me as it will accommodate my changing size. It’s called Women Wireless Bra Extra Light. Ridiculously comfy.
A quick update in other cancer news: I’ve hit the one-month mark on Tamoxifen. This is the medicine I will take for the next 5 (perhaps 10) years to prevent recurrence. Besides the super fun raging cystic hormonal acne and the Hunt For The Cure To Treat It, I seem to be plugging along nicely. I’m still doing weekly acupuncture to help my body adjust to the medication, promote good breast healing, and relaxation. After a 2 week(ish) break from the plastic surgeon, I see Dr K tomorrow and hope that I will get the green light to do a 2nd fill.
So…I’m sorry to end here but I really need to ice my elbow, prop it up with a gazillion pillows and put some heat on it. Shopping – it’s a dangerous sport, but someone’s gotta do it.