5 Breast Reconstruction Gifts

Every woman is different and there are a lot of varieties of reconstruction surgery, but the following are 5 things I greatly appreciated while walking down the road to reconstruction. If you have a friend who’s going through this bizarre and challenging life circumstance, she might appreciate something from this 5 Breast Reconstruction Gifts list.

A Sherpa Blanket

Sherpa blankets are super-soft, ultra warm blankets that you can just sorta hibernate in. My friend Marti gave me one, and I called it my magic blanket. I slept with it for months. Even when I finally went back to my bed after a couple months in the recliner, I slept on top of my bed covers and under my magic blanket. My children have since claimed this blanket for their own. 🙂


Photo courtesy of morguefile.com

Photo courtesy of morguefile.com

Best gift ever really. Bake her casseroles or give her gift cards to restaurants. Anything that takes away the stress of “what am I going to feed my family tonight?” Our deep freeze was so packed with meals that I didn’t have to cook for more than two months. Some of the meals we received tested the range of our bland Harms family taste buds, but all that food was an amazing gift.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Delivered to Her Door

Some of my friends had chocolate covered strawberries delivered to my house. Why is this such a good gift you ask? Because it’s extravagant. It’s one of those things a girl like me would never do for herself. But it made me feel loved and valued. And eating chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast was pretty darn sweet.

Gift Certificate for a Massage

Photo courtesy of Morguefile.com

Photo courtesy of morguefile.com

Because of the type of reconstruction I had, my chest muscles were moved to a new location (over the top of my implants). This not only affected those chest muscles but all the muscles attached to them. I made several trips to a local massage therapist to help loosen up my muscles and get them used to their new position in my body. (She didn’t actually massage my boobs though cuz that would’ve been super-weird. ;))

Mastectomy pillows

You’re in luck. We provide those for free here, because my mom and her friends, The Bosom Buddies, are giving and caring and overall awesome in every way. Just head to my FREE Mastectomy pillow page at the top and make a request if this is something you need.

Even though breast reconstruction pretty much sucks, I’m beyond thankful that I had the opportunity to go through the process. The things plastic surgeons can do are really quite amazing.

I’d love to hear about the gifts that blessed you as you went through this process. Feel free to leave a comment.

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. I am just over 3 weeks out from my mastectomy surgery, and I agree that meals provided by my friends have been a huge blessing. Obviously each meal provides us dinner for the night, but it does even more than that. It allows me to use the energy I do have toward other things my kids need me to do. Plus, having meals provided cuts down on the time and energy needed for meal planning and grocery shopping. Meals provided, whether it is hot and ready at dinner time, something for the freezer, or a gift card, have been a huge blessing to us. In addition to meals, the gift of time has been one of my favorites. Friends and family taking time to stop by, even for a little bit, is very encouraging.

  2. Meals are amazing during that time! They were so helpful for our family, but I also found that the people who provided them were blessed by doing it. People want so badly to help out and providing a meal is a tangible way of doing that. I hope each day is getting a little better for you.

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