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The Feminine Spirit

Oct 10, 2016 12:10PM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall

A cancer diagnosis is a traumatic and life altering experience. It threatens your very existence here on Earth. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be especially challenging because it changes a woman’s view of her own femininity. Finding the right undergarments that are both functional and sexy can help boost confidence by empowering women to get back in touch with their feminine spirit.

La Femme, Lafayette’s premiere lingerie store, opened a Post Mastectomy facility in 2015. Their mission is to find the perfect fit for mastectomy bras, breast forms, post surgical camisoles and lymphedema sleeves. Restoring postural balance and symmetry following surgery reduces the risk of back, neck and shoulder problems.

Owner Claudia Campbell decided to open this division to accommodate her breast cancer patients. “I decided to offer post mastectomy care because there wasn’t a boutique-type setting providing this service. The only place in Lafayette to purchase these products was a medical supply store. I felt women needed a lingerie store for these specialty items,” says Campbell.

In order to make her vision a reality, Claudia attended a Post Mastectomy fitter school in Dallas, TX in 2013. There she learned how to find the correct prosthesis and bra for the many different types of surgeries. After successfully passing the fitter exam, she earned her Post Mastectomy Fitter Certification. After becoming certified, Campbell went through a rigorous 2 year  process to earn Accreditation. Accreditation is awarded when a facility has demonstrated its compliance with standards set by the centers Medicare/Medicaid services (CMS) and Board of Certification / Accreditation( BOC), which allows La Femme to accept a variety of insurances.

La Femme has begun a partnership with not-for-profit, Free The Girls. Gently used bras are collected from customers and sent to the organization, which supports women who have been rescued from human trafficking. Free The Girls sends the bras to safe houses in Mozambique who help former victims sell the bras to other women in the community. By earning their own wages and building their own businesses, these women are able to support themselves and their families.

Campbell, in addition to her charitable contributions, is consistently focused on her goal of making a difference in Acadiana by providing a comfortable, safe haven for your post operative needs. The experience at La Femme will definitely amaze you! A bra that fits properly can visibly make you look smaller, increase your comfort level and raise your self confidence.

La Femme’s employees are bra fitting specialists, whether it is a surgical bra or fashion. Offering sizes from 30A-44M, guidelines are followed to ensure the perfect fit.

BRING the GIRLS in!!!! 


OCTOBER EVENTS

  • Held at the Cajun Dome on October 12th is the 23rd Annual Breast Health Symposium
  • October 19th is Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA Day)
For more information, please contact Owner Claudia Campbell: 
 (337) 289-9100 or https://www.facebook.com/lafemmelafayette106#

 



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