TV favorite Julia Bradbury bravely shares her journey with breast cancer since announcing her diagnosis last September.
Recently, the mum-of-three brilliantly snapped a picture of herself wearing a bikini for the first time since the operation while on vacation in Mauritius – proving that a mastectomy does not prevent having the look and feel good in a swimsuit.
In the photo, Julia could be seen adjusting her ponytail while wearing a stunning blue paisley print bikini from Melissa Odabash which is paired with a matching pink print wrap dress.
Alongside the snap, the 51-year-old said, “I had no idea what life would be like after a #mastectomy.”
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She continued, “I’m incredibly grateful that certain things went my way during my #breastcancer diagnosis. Each of our stories is different…I was blessed with immediate recognition. after the removal of my breast containing a tumor of 6 cm.
“Nothing prepares you for shock and impact…and yet here I am again in a bikini. I didn’t think this would happen. Wearing wraps helps too.
Many women who have had mastectomies and breast reduction surgeries say they prefer pocketed models, which are designed to provide chest support and discreetly hold everything in place.
And there are many brands in stores and online that offer great post-mastectomy swimwear, from bikinis to bathing suits.
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Navy blue post-operative swimsuit, Next, £42 here
The High Street Next brand offers a range of swimsuits and bikinis specially designed for those who have had surgery.
We’re big fans of this simple navy option as it’s made with creora technology which makes it extra durable. It’s unwired and unpadded to accommodate post-op swimming, and finished with pockets for optional prostheses.
Navy blue is one of the most flattering shades you can wear, and it’s also great for showing off your tan due to its dark undertone.
Be Attractive Two Piece Bikini Top, Amoena, Was £40.83, Now £24.50 here
Amoena swimwear is perhaps some of the best on the market, as there are countless designs, from solid colors to playful prints. They have special features such as bilateral pockets, which hold breast forms securely in place, and adjustable straps for the perfect fit.
We love this paisley print bikini top, which looks just like Julia’s, and can be paired with any bottoms or briefs you want.
Zambezi multi-position bikini, Nicola Jane, £39 here
We love this bikini from Nicola Jan,e not only for its high-waisted bottoms and Aztec-inspired pattern, but also for the fact that it can be worn so many ways.
This versatile style features removable multi-way straps to transform the top into a strapless bandeau style or even a halterneck, so you can avoid those annoying tan lines while catching the rays.
If you’re someone who likes to stand out in a punchy print, then Nicola Jane is the brand for you.
Pink swimsuit with cutouts, Woman Zone, £48 here
Woman Zone is a fantastic brand if you’re looking for the perfect fit, as all of their items are custom made for each customer.
You can choose your favorite style, neckline, length, back and leg style so you feel as confident as you deserve.
We’re obsessed with this gorgeous cutout rose print swimsuit that also comes with an open back for an extra dash of romance.
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