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Tattoos and Lingerie: The Story of a Brave Young Breast Cancer Survivor

October 14, 2015 2 min read

Dana Donofree, a 27-year-old fashion designer, was out shopping for her honeymoon when she got a call from her doctor. She was informed that a small lump he had found just a week earlier had tested positive for an aggressive form of breast cancer called Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma. To her dismay, Donofree was going to have to get a double mastectomy and six rounds of chemo. “It sounds silly now, but all I could think during the initial flurry of appointments with surgeons and doctors was, ‘Can I still get married in two months?’” she says. A popular way to regain that feeling of femininity along with the general desire to have your body go back to looking as normal as possible, is getting nipple tattoos. But for Donofree, this was not of interest. “It just wasn’t for me, I didn’t feel like I needed them to feel whole again. But I started thinking—if they can tattoo on nipples, why shouldn’t I get a tattoo of something that feels like a better expression for me?” Next thing she knew, she found herself following through with lifelong desires. “I’ve always wanted a tattoo sleeve, and when you have cancer some of those inhibitions just go away,” she says. Dana Donofree's breast cancer survivor story. To cover the scars on her chest, Donofree chose a cherry blossom tree. “I wanted something feminine and beautiful that also signified the fragileness of life,” she says. “It’s shaped almost like a demi bra, because I wanted to feel sexy when I took off my clothes and my old lace bras weren’t fitting.” Dana Donofree And to cover up  her chemotherapy port scar, Dana chose a lotus flower tattoo. “I had a really hard time with chemo—it was one of those situations where the cancer didn’t almost kill me but the chemo did—so I picked something that signaled rebirth,” she says. Now five years in recovery, Donofree has launched her own lingerie line, called AnaOno Intimates. The line is designed to fit breast cancer survivors. “I was pretty much only left with sports bras after reconstruction because the underwire and cups in regular bras didn’t fit my new curves,” she says. “It was crazy, and I wanted to help other women reclaim some of their femininity.” Does Donofree's story inspire you? Source: Women's Health Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_113520" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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