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?”
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.
What is a Seatbelt Cover Port Protector?
Women undergoing chemo for breast cancer generally have a port placed in their chest area. This remains in place for the duration of treatment. They receive meds through this port. A seatbelt cover port protector provides a bit of a buffer between the chest port and the seatbelt in their car.