We believe in providing beautiful lingerie for all our customers which is why we are delighted to present our gorgeous new range of post-surgery and mastectomy bras.

The Spirit range was created in partnership with Breast Cancer Now while working closely with a group of women affected by breast cancer so we could listen to their challenges and needs. With over 570,000 people living with Breast Cancer in the UK today, we wanted to design a lingerie range that catered to the thousands of women who undergo mastectomies.

Combining comfort and style, the feminine range has been expertly designed with hidden prosthesis pockets to create a flattering natural shape. Available in a variety of non-padded and padded pocketed styles, the beautifully soft fabrics offer irresistible comfort, while delicate lace and detailed embroideries add the perfect finishing touch. From your essential everyday styles to luxe matching sets, the new collection caters to your every lingerie need.

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Modelling the new range is breast cancer survivor, Wendy, a mother of three who underwent a mastectomy herself following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 and who played a very important role in the development of the Spirit collection.

Wendy’s Story

Our fabulous model, 45 year old Wendy from Kent – who has herself experienced breast cancer and has had a mastectomy – is an inspiration to us and has helped form our Spirit range. We sat down with her to find out a little bit more about her experience with breast cancer.

On Her Breast Cancer Experience…

In October 2012, when I was 43, I found a lump on my right breast so I went to the doctors and was sent on for tests, a mammogram, biopsy and ultrasound, before I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3. A couple of weeks later I went in for a mastectomy. Six sessions of chemotherapy followed, every three weeks, and I also had 15 days of radiotherapy. Treatment finished in 2013 and in March this year I had a reconstruction whereby they took muscle in my back and a little bit of fat from my body. After having a mastectomy on one side which felt very flat, I found it lovely to have my shape back.  It was such a journey on which I met lots of other women in the same situation who were of a similar age. We regularly have our ‘breast cancer group’ catch ups where we can support each other and share our experiences. I’ve made some wonderful friends and we’ve been through so much together.

Wendy and her family

On The Biggest Challenges…

I didn’t feel ill apart from during chemotherapy. I thought it was hugely important for me to carry on normally, to keep active and to not let anything stop me from doing what I wanted to do, making a point of staying positive. I have three children and a dog so I’m always busy and out and about. One of my friends even did a bungee jump!

On Buying a Mastectomy Bra…

Previously I found it difficult to find the right shape – the inside of the material of the bra for the prosthesis used to bulge at the front, which isn’t great, particularly in the summer. I found the products on offer were not very feminine and were very plain, and I also couldn’t find anywhere that did a bra fitting so had to resort to doing it myself. The nurses at the hospital did provide a catalogue of bras but I found these to be very expensive. With the new Spirit range, it’s lovely to have feminine lingerie again such as frills and matching knickers.

On Real Women Modelling the Post-Surgery Products…

I think using a model that hasn’t been through the experience just doesn’t seem right. It’s nice to see how the bras fit on someone who has actually had a mastectomy as it can be an awkward shape.

On Being the Face of the Spirit Post-Surgery Range…

It’s been absolutely amazing experience and I’ve been so spoilt. The photoshoot was really relaxed and everyone involved made me feel so welcome. It’s just amazing and I’m so proud.  I’ve had an overwhelming response to the video (see below) and people are messaging me saying how I can make a difference, can’t believe it’s me on the Debenhams website. I have to pinch myself!

Wendy modelling the Spirit range

On the New Spirit Post-Surgery Range…

The bras have been a godsend and I’ve worn them ever since! The designers listened intently to us when they were designing the bras and have tackled the bump issue meaning I can wear them with my reconstruction. I love the colours and the matching underwear.

Wendy’s Advice to Women with Breast Cancer…

My advice would be to keep strong and positive – you will get through it. Talking to people is a big thing and it does help so don’t shelter on your own.

The new Debenhams Spirit post-surgery range, which features Wendy, will be available in 30 stores as well as online from late June. Available in 10 styles in sizes from 32B-40G.  A year-round donation of 50p from every purchase of a bra in the Spirit post-surgery range will be donated to Breast Cancer Now.

Video: The Spirit range

Created with the help of women affected by breast cancer, watch the inspiring story behind our Spirit range of post-surgery bras.

 

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