So last Thursday I went shopping for a new breast prosthesis, bras&swimwear. Back in August 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer had a full right sided mastectomy followed by a full axillary lymph node dissection, chemotherapy& radiotherapy.
Having a mastectomy is a life changing event, tbh traumatic at times, you have to make a lot of adjustments around it, not just physically but mentally&emotionally. You can feel so self-conscious besides the changes in your appearance, getting a single mastectomy I found completely threw my body off balance due to the uneven weight that my body now had to support on the chest.
A mastectomy bra has a specially designed pocket in the cup to hold the breast form. Getting the right prosthesis can be a step in the right direction towards feeling more comfortable with your body. This is so true I went to a new shop as I just hated what I was wearing. I met with a professional fitter who just got me& brought out the perfect prosthesis. She was then able to recommend a good bra that would help support my healthy breast while fitting the prosthetic comfortably. She told me 'the only time you should notice your prosthesis is putting it on&taking it off' something I never experienced before until that day the difference is unbelievable!! Swimsuit yep the dreaded 'S' word that we often fear&dread plus it was my first time trying on a mastectomy swimsuit. Again she found the perfect swimsuit it's so flattering on then matched it to a 'beanie prosthesis' The 'beanie' is made from a quick drying breathable material and filled with micro beans, so is perfect for swimming, aqua aerobics&exercise. Now next step is to go😉swimming is fantastic for my Lymphoedema&arthritis.
Definitely losing 7 stone has helped hugely in all areas of my life thanks to @slimwithderek @slimmingworld my family &friends. I have another 4 stone to lose which I will, as i'm seeing my breast professor in March to talk about reconstruction&reduction surgery.. More importantly above anything else the way I see it is every pound I lose until I reach target is a pound away from the possibility of reoccurrence now that my friends is life changing x💕x