Well ladies, if you are in the market for a new bra, I don't recommend just going into a department store to be "fitted" like I did yesterday.
This sweet girl, God bless her, just couldn't not grasp the idea of fibro.
Her: "Your current bra band size is too big."
Me: "Yes, I know, but I have fibromyalgia, and I have to wear it loose.
Her: "But the support comes from the band."
Me: "Yes, I know, but I can't wear it that tight because it is too painful; I'm not that worried about
support, just coverage for modesty."
Her: "You need this band size because blah, blah, blah" (I was starting to tune out)
Her: "Try these straps."
Me: "They don't have enough stretch and they cut into my shoulders, etc.
Her: "Can you get a Dillards credit card?"
Her: "You said you couldn't afford the bra, so maybe you could get a card to pay for it."
Me: ??? "I didn't say I couldn't afford it (although at those prices, maybe she was right
); I said it was too painful."
This exchange went on for about
10 minutes. I finally said that I was running out of time (actually, I was running out of sanity
) and had to leave.
Moral of this story: someone who doesn't understand fibromyalgia or chronic pain will NOT be able to help you find a bra!!
We have a store in my town that caters to women who have had mastectomies and/or need bras in sizes that are hard to find. I'm going to make an appointment with them and see if they can help. *fingers crossed*
As an aside, I'm sure this girl is an excellent bra fitter for "normal" people. Unfortunately, I haven't fit into that category in years!
Happy bra hunting for all of those who, like me, are searching!
Hugs - Austen