Dana Donofree’s own experience fighting breast cancer inspired her to create AnaOno Intimates, a line of lingerie and loungewear specifically made for women who’ve had breast cancer-related surgeries.
The day before her 28th birthday, two months before her wedding, Dana Donofree was diagnosed with Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma, an invasive form of breast cancer.
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During her fight with the disease, a bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, and chemotherapy, she found lingerie fit was a huge challenge. She couldn’t find any options besides sports bras and camisoles that fit correctly.
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“I could have never realised what it would feel like to have drains coming out of my body: No one can know until you’re there. They are very cumbersome, confusing to manage, and you’re on your own to find a drain belt or other solution to hold the pouches—these are not provided by the hospital,” Donofree said in an interview with Refinery 29.
“In my case, I left with safety pins attached to my surgical bra to keep the drains in place, [which is] hardly a solution.”
So, the Savannah College of Art and Design graduate decided to make her own. She quickly learned there were many other women, just like her, were looking for beautiful, comfortable bras that fit.
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