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Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips

August 2, 2016


crazysexytipsAre you going crazy in search of that solution or that simple piece of advice after having breast cancer? Well I might just have some helpful tips of interest to you.  A list of Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips especially devised for breast cancer survivors or family members to help make life a little easier and comforting.  As a breast cancer survivor of nine years now since 2007, I was in search of inspiration and all sorts of crazy sexy wellness solutions and found some ideas from New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and friend, Kris Carr.  We met in New York City at a leading women’s entrepreneur event, Ladies Who Launch, where I had been a member for a number of years on end, when I learned about Kris’ first inspiring book and her journey.

5booksandfilmJean Criss with Kris Carr and her publications

I knew that I too wanted to cover the gamut, to provide survivors a list of ideas and items to think about pre and post-breast surgery.  Sometimes it’s helpful if a sister survivor can lend a shoulder to cry on or share a tip or two of advice to make your life easier and more comforting during that experience.  Suggestions from the heart, for you and family members, to make a woman’s journey a little easier just when you may need a little help from a friend.

Here’s what I have to say about improving your mind, body and soul during this traumatic time in a survivor’s life with my own custom Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips! These tips are explained at greater length in my breast cancer book My Pain Woke Me Up: BLISS

  • Appreciate your cancer babes
  • Watch out for PTSD
  • Find your sacred space
  • Mind your faux-pas
  • Tell all or don’t tell!
  • Go to cancer college
  • Document and track your medical history/treatments
  • Take a cancer-cation
  • Acknowledge sister survivors
  • Balance your life
  • Spend enjoyable time with family & children
  • Stop and smell the roses
  • Listen to your body
  • And lastly, don’t let cancer get the breast of you, I didn’t!
  • Early detection is the best protection!

 Next, what mind body practices and lifestyle changes have you made and how have they impacted your life?


Over the past several years I’ve succumbed to numerous food and drug allergies post-cancer similar to Kris’ experience but with a different type of cancer.  I have found many helpful resources about foods, ingredients and nutrition to be so important to me since diagnosis.  Kris’ book provided that too along with the FoodFacts website.  Eating the right foods and proper daily exercise has proven to make a healthy difference in my life.  Keeping up with healthy breast awareness – along with a positive mind, body, and spirit may have a life-long affect to a healthy I always say: Don’t Let Cancer Get the Breast of You! 

All the breast,







Stylish Living and Shopping Cancer

July 5, 2016


Breast Briefs on Lingerie BriefsHave you ever been worried or concerned about how to continue to be stylish or fashionable before undergoing breast surgery for cancer?  Yes, there are numerous Bras, Sports Bras, Bandeaus, Camisoles and like Lingerie on the market today but I find that each Survivor has a unique situation with a unique needs and fitting requirements.

To preview a list of merchandising options that may be right for you today I’d like to highlight a known brand in the world of cancer.  Better known to many as #CUREDIVA.  We all become Cancer Diva’s once we become a Survivor.  It’s a known fact that we become empowered, educated and informed.  We have to after all because it’s all about healthy breast awareness and wellness.  But what our Top Docs don’t always know is where to help us turn for stylish and fashionable undergarments.  So sometimes it’s best when we turn to our Sister Survivors for the answers.JC

I know that I’ve become a resource to many Survivors over the years as I’m approaching nine years this July as a Survivor and I also turn to many wonderful industry resources that have helped me along the way.  Cure Today is one of those resources, a collection of magazines about Cancer – all types and stages of cancer.  More importantly, when you Shop Cancer, they have an online shopping site which allows you to preview the many post-surgical merchandising options available on the market today.

So take a look at their Stylish Living with Cancer options to address your particular needs.  You just might find the right fit for your particular situation.  I know many who have and are pleased with the outcome.

In my Breast Cancer book My Pain Woke Me Up: BLISS! I wrote about many resource options available to Survivors as shopping cancer can be stressful and challenging.

So be sure to stop and shop for the right products with the proper guidance and input from your Sister Survivors and, of course, your physicians.  Gaining that insight will make the difference.


All the breast,




What’s On Your SMART Breast Checklist?

June 6, 2016


Smart Research for Breast Cancer on Lingerie Briefs

I recently attended one of my favorite annual conferences with New York’s #Top Docs on May 3, 2016.  The Breast Cancer Management Conference – Comprehensive Breast Center Program Update sponsored by New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center | Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.  This year’s program update provided the latest in medical research and state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnosis and management, highlighting key advances with a personalized approach to screening, prevention, treatment and survivorship led by Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD, FACS & Dawn L. Hershman, MD, MS, Program Co-Directors.

Emphasis was discussed in the following areas;

  • Improvements in providing precise breast cancer management through enriched understanding of tumor biology and genetics
  • Active areas of the most promising research and clinical trials
  • Updates were
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Have A DREAM Bra? Let First Bra Make Your Wish Come True!

May 8, 2016



There once were three beautiful fairy tale gals namely Cinderella, Dorothy and Alice…and now, in the world of Intimate Apparel, there’s Terry Levine and Clair Keizer, owners of Clair De Lune Lingerie in Kansas City! These iconic storybook figures and their journeys to self-awareness and self-esteem have made an impact on the lives of countless little girls! 

Dorothy, with Toto by her side, was in pursuit of the magical red slippers.  She followed the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City in search of the Wizard of Oz hoping to find her way back home to “normalcy”.  Along the way, she had to overcome many roadblocks, including the Wicked Witch of the West. As breast cancer survivors, that’s what most women do … Read more



Mastectomy Mates ~ Red Fern Lingerie

April 17, 2016



Many of my sister survivors have had similar experiences to mine as a breast cancer survivor.  Basically, we have not been thrilled with our post-op experience leaving the OR room in the ugly, utilitarian, uncomfortable bras that we are given to wear.  I know that I am not alone being a ‘newbie’ designer launching in the Intimate Apparel grand marketplace.  Over the past several months, I’ve recently met a few Mastectomy Mates from all around the U.S. and down under.

What is notably the same is our passion to design a product that offers comfort, style and selections for survivors, no matter what phase of post-op you may need.  Take Dana Donofree of Ana Ono who knew nothing fit just right and … Read more



Go Green on Earth Day and Every Day with B.R.A. Recycling

April 3, 2016



I met a remarkable woman who founded a bra recycling company.  Actually years ago she founded the original shoulder pads we’ve known to love and wear over the years that have come back in style and worn by super models in undergarments for a shoulder boost, breast boost or for comfort.

Her name is Kathleen Kirkwood and she is the Queen of the ‘Pints of Pads’ which are now in archives and sold in limited edition.  05875a1e150c137475b12282525ae3a1Kathleen has been an innovator of women’s wardrobes since 1983!  After realizing there was a market for recycling product from women’s garments, even simple shoulder pads, Kathy got creative. She invented the Breast Revolution Agency (B.R.A. agency) and developed a method for one to many … Read more


Breast Briefs



An Intimate Apparel column about Bras, Breast Cancer and Advancements with New Technologies


Columnist: JEAN CRISS
Also: Author, Contributing Writer/Blogger, Breast Cancer Survivor,
Entrepreneur, Former SGK Board of Trustee,
Designer of new CRISSCROSS-logo Brand

Jean Criss has been our new #BreastBriefs Columnist of #LingerieBriefs since September 2015. Jean is known as an author of Trilogy Series, Contributing Writer/Blogger for other leading Intimate Apparel Journals and the Media at large. She is a 9-year Breast Cancer Survivor, Former Board of Trustee of Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate, and new Designer of CRISSCROSS-logo. Her brand was created to help breast cancer survivors feel confident and look beautiful in post-surgical undergarments after surgery. They are designed for both women and men and the collection will include: bras, cami’s, men’s vests, hospital gowns — thinking of every step a survivor may need to recover in comfort and style. She even designed stylish medical scrubs for caregivers — covering all aspects of her hospital experience.
As an entrepreneur, Jean enjoys writing about breast health awareness and beauty, new technologies and fashionable apparel. She is a fashionista at heart and a media connoisseur with over 25+ years dedicated to media and technology. Her passion for a more comfortable bra became apparent after her experience with uncomfortable, ugly, utilitarian breast cancer bras post-recovery. Her inspirations to take her first-hand knowledge to create advanced solutions for survivors in the intimate apparel industry have come true! From inception to concept, strategy, and design to fashion forward innovative laser-cut templates, patterns and grades. Chic styles offer advanced healing with custom-made fabric and unique accessories. Jean feels “every survivor should have a positive experience – no matter what form of breast surgery you may need to experience.Bottom line, all patients want to feel confident on the inside and look beautiful on the outside. Jean has not been scared to tackle the unknown and enjoys learning and taking advice from industry experts. “It’s been exhilarating to launch from the ground up in a brand new market!”  Jean is passionate about supporting this cause to help put an end to breast cancer forever. TrueBLISS as noted in her breast cancer story – My Pain Woke Me Up: BLISS!
Jean Criss has served as CEO of Jean Criss Media, LLC in New York City since 2011 and produces digital media, advertising, social media, TV and innovative marketing campaigns, all with the goal of foregrounding local businesses and agencies. She is host of Java with Jean, a web TV series she created to promote clients, and their products or services.  Jean has a business communications degree and has earned numerous sales leadership and executive awards. She donates a great degree of time to non-profit and women entrepreneur networking organizations throughout the Northeast and nationally. You can learn more About Jean on her website. For media inquiries or links to her social sites, please contact her at or 212/792-4106 or follow on twitter @jean_criss or at

Let Cancer Get the BREAST of You! 



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