Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras

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Back in June, I received a package in the mail from a friend.  It contained two stretch bras (one black, one beige) and this note:
Jane –
At some point after the surgery, these will come in handy and comfy.
I called her to thank her.  In early July we exchanged emails on a different topic.  My last reply to her in that exchange was this:
Thanks!  And thanks again for the bras.  I cannot wait to fit into them!
~ Jane.
In mid-August, at about four weeks post-op, I wrote to her again:

I've thought about you a thousand times in the last few weeks and just this morning switched from one of my uber-support sports bras into one of the wonderful soft ones you sent me.  With the swelling I've got going on on one side, it is PERFECT...thank you!

The 12-hour surgery went exactly as planned and my recovery is on track, but as you know, it is a long, slow process.  I'm making progress but dealing with scabbing and swelling on one side that will take six to eight weeks to heal.  Still sleeping a lot, easily exhausted and fairly uncomfortable, but thrilled to be on this side of the surgery!

Hope all's well with you,
~ Jane.
Here’s her reply:
These bras have been around the country—New York, Los Altos Hills, Seattle, and back to New York. Glad to help. Let me know when you are up for a short visit. I hope you are moving around and aiding the healing.
Last week, I saw N. at a social event:
“If I’d known you were going to be here,” I said, “I’d have brought the bras.”

“Are you sure you’re finished with them?” she asked.

Rethinking my willingness to relinquish them, I replied, “I’ll try to find them online and order a few.”
Although she urged me to keep one, that night I located them and ordered two (one black, one beige) from a vendor on  I expect delivery this week at which point the traveling bras will go back to N, along with my wishes for a speedy, smooth, and complete recovery to the next woman in the sisterhood who wears them. 

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It’s still October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month, just in case you didn’t know ;-)—and  even though I’m off the hook for a mammogram, if you’re a woman over 40 and haven’t had one in the last 12 months, run, do not walk, to the phone to make an appointment.  If you want a chuckle before you go, check out this post from 2009.

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