The day I put my post-surgery swimsuit to the test...

Friday, 29th September 2017

Why sit out on something when you can carry on enjoying the things you love and enjoy the most?
  Typhoon Lagoon

Hello, I’m Tracey, I am 54 years old and live with my husband in West Sussex. I have always had an active lifestyle and would regularly go swimming at least three times a week.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014 a few weeks before our dream holiday to Florida, which unfortunately we then had to cancel. Following my diagnosis I had a mastectomy of the right breast followed by six cycles of chemotherapy and 15 treatments of radiotherapy. I lost all my hair and I couldn’t carry on with my swimming because of the risk of infection, I also had a PIC line.

After completing my treatment I visited the Nicola Jane Chichester Shop where I was guided through the product range by the extremely helpful Customer Service Assistants. I had a good look around the shop and was pleased to see that there were a lot of swimwear styles to choose from, which were all very flattering.

Initially, I just wanted a swimsuit for regular exercise to get me back exercising after 7 months away from the pool. I chose a plain black, pockected chlorine resistant swimsuit as I just wanted it for general swimming at my health club. The Assistant suggested that I also try the Trulife Active Flow beaded style prosthesis as she said it gave a natural look and the water would easily drain when I got out of the pool which it certainly did, the water from it just disappeared!

In September 2016 we finally went on our dream holiday to Florida. I chose the Tahiti Sunrise and Santorini Bandeau Swimsuit. I can honestly say that these mastectomy swimsuits and the Trulife Active Flow Swim Prosthesis were amazing! We visited several waterparks and I did not hesitate to go on any of the rides or the wave pools. The prosthesis stayed in the right place and I didn't once feel self-conscious because of how well my swimsuit fitted.

The prosthesis is very comfortable to wear and looks like a natural breast, it doesn't lose its shape and dries quickly after use. My swimsuits were very colourful and had a good neckline - not to low and not too high. The banding on the neckline is quite strong and really holds the prosthesis in place.

Ladies, please don't worry… a visit to Nicola Jane offers excellent advice and Customer Service. My swimwear was used in two different water-based activities, one for general swimming and one on our dream holiday where I was not going to miss out on the fun at the waterparks.

I am so glad I chose a Nicola Jane Swimsuit as it felt confident and comfortable, no one would ever know that it was not a regular line of swimwear. Who wants to sit things out when you can carry on enjoying the things you love and enjoy the most?

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