Breast Cancer Survival Kit

1 in 8 women will get diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I don’t know about you but that statistic horrifies me.

Here are some of my go-to finds that helped me from diagnosis through surgery and beyond.


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The Bibles. Both of these books are chock-full of resources and helpful information. You don’t need to read these straight through but they’re both good reference books.


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The Been-There-Done-That morsels of advice. All of these books share insight through the lens of people who have experienced breast cancer. I haven’t read The Silver Lining yet – but I have seen the website from which the book is based.

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The Irreverent. I loved all of these books because they made me laugh and cry and were bold in their presentation and analysis.



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The Genie Bra is uh-mayzing. Super soft and super stretchy and come with full pads. Come in many colors. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

There is only one word I can use to describe the Airism Bra Camisole from Uniqglo: brilliant. Comes in tons of colors, with molded cups, so you have a perfect shape all the time.

I reach for this Target Camisole again and again. No pads or cups, but a shelf bra and I loved in these for the first month following my surgery. I sleep in them now. At $9 each, they’re a great find. Great to wear at home.


Melatonin – Now that the Ambien is in my rear view mirror, that doesn’t mean that sleep doesn’t elude me from time to time. I take 2.5 mg of melatonin under my tongue and that helps.

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Comfy Cozy Cardigan to throw on around then house. Mine is from Barefoot Dreams and I love it.

Great Slippers. I wore these even to there hospital!

Neck/Shoulder Aromatherapy wrap. I heated mine in the microwave and the heat felt so good on my sore chest and shoulders.

Further Resources

Stressing about bathing suit shopping? Me too. Check out what this blogger has to say when she reviews the best bikini tops post surgery.

Wondering how you’ll remember the difference between PPG and PEG and what other chemicals to avoid in your personal care products? Check out the Think Dirty app which helps you identify what to avoid.

Best places to get organic non toxic cosmetics online? Visit two of my favs: Eco Diva Beauty and Spirit Beauty Lounge.



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