Free Mastectomy Pillows from The Bosom Buddies

Photo by Jan Nelson
The Bosom Buddies: Connie, Jan, Becky and Judy

525. That’s the number of mastectomy pillows the Bosom Buddies have made since August 2016.

Women in 29 states have received their pillows. 4 cancer centers currently keep their pillows on hand to give to mastectomy patients. And new pillow requests come in through this website regularly.

Cancer is a taker.

Breast cancer sometimes takes one or both breasts. It often takes hair. It always has financial cost. And it always steals away sweet time. One woman who went through a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, intensive chemo and radiation said to me, “My oncologist said, ‘give me two years of your time and I’ll give you your life back.’”

Two years. Cancer is costly.

The Bosom Buddies know this cost because they have all watched someone they love very much walk the cancer road.

Becky’s daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2016.

Judy’s daughter, Jodi, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

Jan’s daughter (ME 🙂 ) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

Connie’s mom, Janice, fought cancer for years before succumbing to the disease in 2016.

Because these women saw the hard things of cancer first-hand, they were compelled to do something. That something turned into digging into their pocketbooks and clearing days on their calendars to buy supplies and sew mastectomy pillows and seatbelt port protectors which they give away free of charge.

1 John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”

A woman who received free mastectomy pillows.

Jan, Becky, Judy and Connie don’t just provide for the needs that they see, they go looking for people in need. (They’re really pretty amazing.) They bless women who are undergoing cancer treatment, but in turn, they said they are also blessed.

Becky said, “I think one of the most rewarding things is delivering the pillows to the cancer centers and hearing the medical staff talk about how appreciative all of the recipients are.”

Because of the Bosom Buddies’ giving attitudes and their servant hearts, women all over our country who are experiencing the cost of cancer, are also receiving a gift of comfort.

If you or someone you know could benefit from free mastectomy pillows or a seatbelt port protector, follow the link below to my online request form.


What is a Mastectomy Pillow?

It is a small pillow that fits nicely in the armpit to help ease the pain after a mastectomy and/or lymph node surgery. After having your breasts removed and having had a surgeon dig around in your armpit for lymph nodes, sitting like a “normal” person with your hands at your sides is quite painful. The pillow provides a buffer.

By KimHarms

Kim Harms is an author, speaker, and part-time library assistant with two decades of freelance writing experience. She has a degree in English from Iowa State University. She and her husband Corey have three super-awesome sons and one crazy dog. A two-time breast cancer survivor, her first book, Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction (Familius), is a guide for women walking the breast cancer road. She is currently working on her second book, a devotional for women going through breast cancer.


  1. It there still a free pillow and seatbelt cover offer? I would like to order 1 pillow and 1 seatbelt cover please. My sister Dannielle has breast cancer. She is getting chemotherapy and will get a mastectomy.

    Please let me know if you need additional information.

    My name is Sharon Locke.
    My address is 23581 Arroyo Park Dr #409. Valencia, .CA 91355
    My cell phone 8188227322

    Thank you!!!

    1. Sharon, sorry I missed this message from a few days ago. I will forward your mailing address to my mom and she’ll get them sent out.

    2. Sharon, Mom tried to send a pillow and seatbelt cover today, but the Post Office said there was something wrong with the address. Can you check to see that you didn’t type something wrong? Thanks!

    3. The post office said that the address you gave us is incorrect. Can you double check and let me know?

  2. My mother is having a double mastectomy next month. I will be going up to care for her. Would be nice to take her a couple of pillows and a seatbelt cover. I would be glad to help with materials and shipping cost
    Thanks so much

    1. Christine,
      We’d be happy to send you a set of mastectomy pillows for your mom. If you can send the mailing address to, we’ll get them shipped out. Thank you for the offer to donate for shipping. It costs approximately $5 for shipping. When I receive your mailing address, I’ll send you details on where to send a shipping donation. Kim

      1. Hi!!! I was diagnosed last month with breast cancer. I will need chemo (starting tomorrow), surgery and radiation. I would love a pillow and seatbelt port cover!!!!
        My address is 2451 Inglewood drive
        McKeesport PA 15131
        Thank you!!!!

  3. My niece is going for double mastectomy this Friday January 17th. Do you have any pillows available and the seat belt protector? Mail to Catherine Kaczanowski at 3874 North Boston road, Eden NY 14057. Thank you and God bless you

  4. I am four months pregnant. Before the pregnancy, I was more of a stomach sleeper but now a side sleeper. Can I use my head pillow to support the belly? How soon should I get a pregnancy body pillow? I’m not planning to buy one until I am at least six months pregnant.

  5. Hi. I’m looking for a seat belt cover and a mastectomy pillow, can you please help with that? I’m having surgery next month. I’m in California so ill get it fast, thank you for all you do,

  6. Good day,I have been diagnosed with breast cancer have had a mammogram ultrasound biopsy and dye CT scan….going for chemotherapy treatment. Please can you send me your free mastectomy pillows,seat belt cover and port cover if available ….thank you kindly.God blessed you all for everything you do.

  7. Jan, you made my day today. My super fun rooster bosom buddies arrived via the mail. They are soo soft and fun thank you guys for caring. FYI the roosters are such a great choice because they are so bossy, and I have been finding my inner bossy lady lately and it feels great.

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