I used several breast cancer specific supplies as I recovered from my bilateral mastectomy earlier this year.
Some were useful- like the above mastectomy pillows.
Some were not- like the two post-mastectomy camis that someone convinced my husband I needed for $70 a piece. And they gave him their sales pitch when he was in the hospital waiting room during my surgery. Good golly! Leave the poor men alone while their wives are in having their breasts removed! I’m still a little perturbed by that.
My mom and two of her friends have started making mastectomy pillows to give away FREE to women who need them. The three women have each had daughters diagnosed with cancer this year (2 breast, 1 skin). And the three of them also love Jesus and when he gives them an idea for serve others, they follow through.
These pillows fit snuggly in your armpit, providing a cushion between your arm and your sore chest after surgery. I used mine for about three weeks post-mastectomy, and they really did relieve the pressure. Each pillow is made of either fleece or flannel so they won’t slide around in your armpit. You can buy mastectomy pillows online for anywhere from $20-$50, but mom and her friends are providing them for free.
If you or someone you know could use a mastectomy pillow, contact me through this blog or through my facebook page and I’ll forward your info to mom. She and her friends would love to provide them for you.