• What are some helpful items to have at home after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by Julie99 on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    What are some helpful items to have at home after a lumpectomy?

    I had a bilateral in January. Someone who was so sweet to me was just diagnosed & will be having a lumpectomy soon. I want to put a care package together for her. What items should I include? I'm already getting water bottles, button pj's, aloe slipper socks, a large calendar... what else? Thank you for ALL suggestions!

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I'm sure there will be lots of answers on this one but in the mean time, here is a guide we have on the site. Maybe there is some helpful information in it. https://www.whatnext.com/cc/how_we_chose_between_a_lumpectomy_and_mastectomy

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Check out pinkribbonbaskets.com for some great ideas. Both my sister & I received these from a very lovely younger cousin upon our diagnosisessess.

      over 3 years ago
    • penny364's Avatar

      I had a lumpectomy 3 weeks ago. I used clear (pure) aloe vera on the skin, which was dry afterwards, also some stretchy bras from Walmart, 2 sizes bigger than what I usually wear, that hooked in back and helped with support. My neighbor gave me a really soft teddy bear to tuck between arm and body where lymph nodes were removed. Hope this helps. Anything you give her will be appreciated as it will be from the heart. You're a blessing.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      A small soft pillow! I still use mine. You can put it between the seatbelt and surgical site when riding in the car, under your arm after surgery for sleeping, under your head for napping in a recliner or on the sofa. My husband bought me one at the hospital gift shop that says, "Consider yourself hugged".What a good friend you are:)

      over 3 years ago
    • dealite2007's Avatar

      A small pillow (baby size) is great for using to support your breast or keep it from moving. Its small enough to fit in all the bends and turns whereas regular pillows are too bulky. I was given this in a carepackage from the breast center I went to and originally looked at it and thought, "now, what am I supposed to do with this cute little thing." Well, soon after surgery I knew.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      What a nice thing for you to do...how about a small notebook and pretty pen so she can write down questions for her doctor...a package of plain note cards (or thank you notes) and stamps that she can use to thank people like you! One of the nicest things I received was a gift card to Panera Bread as it gave me someplace to look forward to going to besides the Breast Center! I am sure you will get other great ideas. I wish your friend a speedy recovery and God bless you both!

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I was driving the day after, and didn't require much pampering.
      I was a little tired for a few days - so maybe something book-like to relax, if she's a reader.
      Nothing too heavy (in both senses of the word). Or crosswords?

      Does she have a hobby you can enable, in case she wants to be at home playing quietly?
      The notebook/journal suggested by another is a good idea .... she may want to keep track.
      If she's a coffee drinker, maybe some K-cups for her Keurig????

      I guess I'm saying that normally routine activities are resumed soon after. So something
      to help her feel good emotionally may be what you should aim for.

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I forgot to add you are most thoughtful friend. That, in itself, is an irreplaceable gift.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I have found that those round pillows you can get at K-Mart or any place that sells pillows have been a help for me. It supports my neck when I am laying down and makes it a bit more comfortable to deal with. Having to lay down after surgery for a few days until you can at least get up and move around is quite uncomfortable as you know. Surger free candies are always a nice touch. I had dry mouth so those helped a lot. Just a few things that helped me so maybe they can be helpful to you and your friend.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nanajudy's Avatar

      You are a good person.....a small pillow .....a journal ....afew crackers ..ie: ritz or saltines.
      If she is Catholic..rosary beads.....she'll be in my prayers

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I really liked soft cotton tank tops. The soft cotton was comfortable and I chose tanks because my surgeries were in August and it was very hot. The small pillow to put under the seat belt was very useful as well. I used another one in bed to help get comfortable. That's really sweet of you, Julie99. I'm sure she'll love it.

      over 3 years ago

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