Although my DDD breasts can sometimes be a nuisance (read: backaches, button-down shirts, etc), at the end of the day I truly do love them, which is why the thought of breast cancer scares the sh&t out of me. Besides the possible health risks, of course, I can’t deny that the fear of losing the feeling of empowerment and sexiness they give me is terrifying. And I know that I’m not alone; whether a woman is flat as a board or resembles a mountain range, her breasts help her to feel womanly, powerful, mature, and attractive.
Which is why I desperately wanted to get the word out about “Love the Curves – Love the Cause”, a fundraiser for Medebra, a company which produces bras for those who have undergone breast reductions, lifts, augmentations, lumpectomies, mastectomies, and other chest surgeries. Money raised from this worthy event will provide Medebras to those who are unable to afford them.
Founder and breast cancer survivor Kim P. Haley reveals the inspiring story behind Medebra, “One of the biggest challenges I’ve ever had after hearing the words ‘breast cancer’ was finding the courage to choose a surgeon, set a surgery date, and tell those I loved my situation. When I went to the operating room on my surgery day, I didn’t know the outcome of what I’d feel or look like.
When I woke up and opened my eyes, the first thing I did was look down and reach for my chest, and I saw and felt this awful suit of armor they had strapped and zippered me into! My poor surgeon, a sweet, dedicated man, had no idea of the strong words I was about to say to him: ‘OK, doc, as if things weren’t bad enough, I’m waking up to feeling like a knight in Camelot! Okay…., yes… well, of course I’m grateful to be here and well, but as women, our femininity is a part of who we are! Couldn’t you find something pretty to put me into?’ So my sweet, dedicated surgeon smiled and acknowledged my words of wisdom and said, ‘Okay Kim, so your next challenge is to make something prettier for women post-op, okay?'”
Thus, the Medebra was born! To benefit countless others, Kim has turned her painful experience into a labor of love, making sure her bras are both beautiful and functional, even including features such as adjustable prosthesis and places for drainage bulbs.
Support all women’s curves by joining Kim and Medebra on Saturday, September 27th, from 6:30 – 8 PM, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Miami International Airport, located at 950 NW 42nd Ave. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at http://loveplusmiami.ticketleap.com/.
I think we can all relate to the passion behind Kim’s vision, “that Medebra gives other women some sense of power, strength, and feeling of femininity and allows them to realize that they are still the same person and they are still beautiful.”
To learn more about Kim’s journey and Medebra, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/663350807082164/ and medebra.com.