Knitted Boob, Anyone?

I know… some of you might be thinking I’ve forgotten I have a blog. It was a busy busy March!

The good news is: I did not get ONE SINGLE call about or from a breast cancer patient in three weeks! This is a record! And it cheers me up greatly, because previous to this, I was getting one or two calls, sometimes three in a week.

Last week I also got good news that a person who had 4th stage cancer responded well to chemo, so well she is going to resume work! Her courage and enthusiasm to live inspires me!

Last week my friend Yu-Mei sent me a great story that made me laugh till the hazelnut Americano I was drinking came out my nose.

It’s a story from News Tribune on how a bunch of knitting women in the US have a new project: knitting breasts for mastectomy patients who wear a prosthetic breast.

As featured in News Tribune, a blue knitted breast.

The idea was that a knitted breast would keep a breast cancer patient warmer in the cool winter/spring months than the usual cool-to-the-touch silicone prosthetic breast.

In case you have never seen a prosthetic breast, it’s usually triangular or tear-drop shaped and made from silicone, which feels and moves quite realistically when worn. My mom had two mastectomy bras and a pair of prosthetic breasts or breast forms. The forms are slotted into the bra and worn.

Pro: The breast forms looked good when she had clothes on, and if people didn’t know she had had a mastectomy, they never would have guessed, looking at her.

Con: The bra and prosthetic was heavy (back then they only had the heavy ones — these days there are lightweight alternatives) and my mom would sweat a lot wearing it. Worst was when she had to wear it the whole day while out — once I remember the prosthetic moved and she looked like her boob had shifted up to her collar.

Still, that there are options for breast cancer patients to improve their aesthetic appearance is a blessing. And that knitting groups have cancer patients in mind is also a wonderful thing.

For me I’m glad I had my replacement boob made out of my own flesh, not silicone or wool. I don’t think I could wear a wool boob — my eczema would totally flare up even though the ladies use very soft merino wool. I’m really happy with mine—its shape is very much like my old boob (only a little bigger and rounder, haha).

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