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    Hello. I would say welcome, but that kind sounds inane....
    I've had treatment and Mastectomy for DCIS. Two rounds of Chemo, but no Radiation.
    How are you doing?

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    Beverly60 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Just a rant about available Breast Prothesis problems.

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      Just to provide another perspective. I had a unilateral mastectomy and do not wear a prosthesis at all. The first time I wore one for a semi formal party it caused increasing discomfort/pain in my arm and rib area through the evening. Decided to give more time for my nerves to regenerate. Then I developed lymphedema. I decided, as part of my arsenal of tricks to keep the lymphedema under control, to not restrict lymph flow with bra straps and bands. I am barely a B cup and do wear an exercise compression shirt most days.

      over 4 years ago
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      Yes, the options stink, even if you aren't missing 3/4 of an armpit. I mean, there's lots of silicone sizes available, but the shaping does not conform to different scarring shapes of the chest area and beyond. I have made some of my own prostheses....
      If you bought oversized foam (recreational, non-silicone) breast forms, you could try chopping them to size.....probably expensive. I tried getting a foam cushion and cutting it to size. Really difficult for me.
      I think you could possibly sew an additional foobie to put toward the armpit area, if you have a bra that will hold it in place. Microbeads do a great job, but are very difficult to work with and need a padded top to hold shape, in my opinion. If you were my neighbor, I'd bring you over and we'd build one together! There are instructions at breastfree.org, though it's rather hard to locate.... try this: http://breastfree.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-microbead-breast-form.html if you feel inspired to try fixing it for yourself.
      It's a pain, but I found the altering and building on the sewing machine very therapeutic after I had bilateral mast. And it felt really great to walk up to my siblings and say, "Check these out! I made these because nothing suitable was available on the market!"

      over 4 years ago
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      Thank you, all of you! I've been searching the Internet for solutions and there may be answers out there. Just haven't found anything in my area.
      Dealing with self image issues. And some wonder why Depression remains a problem after your treatment ends.

      over 4 years ago
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