Nov. 01, 2021
Ten years ago, AnaOno founder Dana Donofree was living the life she’d always envisioned for herself. At 27, she was working as a designer for children’s accessory company Goldbug—a career she’d pursued since college. She was healthy and about to get married.
And then she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Among the stress, burdens, costs and trauma that come with the disease and its treatment was a loss no one told her about. After a bilateral mastectomy with implant reconstruction, she realized her body would never be the same. None of her old bras fit comfortably. Underwireless molded bras no longer fit, because after her mastectomy Donofree no longer had nipples. Bras with underwire caused her horrible pain. The only bras available to her didn’t feel young or sexy. They felt like “grandma bras.” This threw her into a depression.
“The bra is just a bra, but it helps aid in your confidence and your beauty and how …