Spe­cial­ist gar­ments for can­cer sur­vivors

The Press - Zest - - The Fitting Room -

Along­side many fam­i­lies through­out New Zealand, Breast Can­cer Ac­tion Month has a spe­cial res­o­nance for sis­ters-in-law and co-own­ers of The Fit­ting Room Anna Steven­son and Deb­o­rah Lewth­waite.

‘‘Af­ter Anna had a mas­tec­tomy six years ago, she dis­cov­ered there was only a lim­ited range of prod­ucts avail­able, so we de­cided to change that,’’ says Lewth­waite.

At their spe­cial­ist lin­gerie store, the pair be­lieve in pro­vid­ing the best range of prod­ucts as well as friendly, ex­pert help to make the fit­ting ex­pe­ri­ence as easy as pos­si­ble for women af­fected by the lifeal­ter­ing ill­ness.

The Fit­ting Room of­fers a com­plete post-surgery ser­vice, sup­plies pros­the­ses (also known as breast forms) and stocks a range of bras and swim­suits in which they can be worn.

‘‘We have just brought in tank tops with pock­ets for pros­the­ses,’’ says Lewth­waite. ‘‘There seems to be a short­age of these prod­ucts in New Zealand.’’

There are also seam­less bras avail­able for women who need max­i­mum com­fort with­out the risk of any­thing dig­ging in post­surgery.

The tem­po­rary store in Ric­car­ton is filled with pretty, fem­i­nine flour­ishes such as or­nate mir­rors and arm­chairs. Fit­ting rooms are bright and spa­cious, and there is an em­pha­sis on sen­si­tiv­ity, pri­vacy and re­spect.

The Fit­ting Room team also han­dles the nec­es­sary pa­per­work re­quired for women ac­cess­ing fund­ing through the Min­istry of Health.

The fund­ing is re­newed ev­ery four years and is avail­able to pur­chase re­place­ment items.

‘‘Women who have had breast surgery can be feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble, so they ap­pre­ci­ate the in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion they re­ceive in a pri­vate, com­fort­able set­ting.’’

Ex­pert ad­vice: The friendly team at The Fit­ting Room say a pro­fes­sional fit­ting is the key to com­fort.

Sen­si­tiv­ity and re­spect: The Fit­ting Room own­ers Anna Steven­son, left, and Deb­o­rah Lewth­waite of­fer spe­cial­ist gar­ments and a sup­port­ive at­mos­phere to wom­en­who have had breast surgery.

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