Ok, so like most women who have had breast cancer, I do have issues some days with the “girls” looking uneven. Well, hell, let’s get real, I am missing a chunk of my left breast due to the lumpectomy.
And ladies and gents what is a lumpectomy technically? A partial mastectomy.
So I keep looking for products that will help, bras that might fit more comfortably, and so on.
But while I see more and more products, I am not seeing prices on these products that are more down to earth and shall we say, “comfortable”.
In addition, some days I have this random pain where more of my breast used to be. It’s not unmanageable, but it is there.
Today an article in West Chester PA Patch caught my eye:
West Chester Doctor Invents Shirt to Relieve Post-Mastectomy Pain
Dr. Deb Kimless-Garber has invented a shirt to help women after a mastectomy.
In March 2006, doctors gave their colleague Dr. Deb Kimless-Garber a clean bill of health. After a double mastectomy and the requisite rounds of treatment, Kimless-Garber was officially cured.
But she still had to deal with two problems.
“Pain and aesthetic,” Kimless-Garber said. “A lot of women experience something similar to phantom limb pain after a mastectomy. There’s all of these nerves in the breast, so why wouldn’t they experience pain.”…
“A reconstructed breast looks very different after a mastectomy,” said Kimless-Garber. “Any type of breast reconstruction is a very different procedure than a breast augmentation.”
She added, “What you get is what looks like flat plateaus or mounds instead of a perky, shapely silhouette.”
That’s when Kimless-Garber went to work.
“What I was suffering from is called post-mastectomy pain syndrome. Almost 50 percent of women who have surgery on their breast experience it, and it’s kind of a deep, dark, dirty secret,” Kimless-Garber said….
Kimless-Garber spent the next five years basically reverse engineering designs to come up with a shirt that would alleviate post-mastectomy pain while providing breast cancer survivors with a more shapely look in the bust.
That’s when Red Thread tops and breast shapers were born.
“My clothes didn’t fit right, and the pain wouldn’t go away.” Kimless-Garber said. “So, I started to study fibers and began creating patterns. It’s really a feat of engineering,” Kimless-Garber said.
The shirts look like a fashion top, except that sewn in underneath the top is what looks like a sports bra.
“Inside is a fully functional bra,” Kimless-Garber said. “But it has a stretch component that also compresses. “….
A similar problem can occur after a woman has a lumpectomy, where part of the original breast remains intact but doctors have removed the cancerous area leaving a big defect.
“My breast shapers come in different sizes,” Kimless-Garber said. “Women can place them in the shirt in any way they want in order to get symmetry.”
“Every woman has a different need,” she added.
Oh wow, this sounds great, right? So I went to her website: Red Thread By Dr. Deb
I will probably never get past her website.
I don’t know about you, but my wallet is not a bottemless pit. And that is the largest problem with these products. You inevitably have to try a couple of different things before you find what it right for you. So price point is everything.
And incidentally, I still have a “natural” silhouette. Some days I am a little self conscious, yes. But then I remember there are worse things in life than being a little lop-sided.
This Dr. Deb has a great idea. It’s just not everywoman purse friendly.
Again, the website is: www.redthreadbydrdeb.com
Great idea about the clothing, but “WOW” was my reaction when I looked on the web-site. Over $50 for a tanktop? Don’t know how their return policy is. I don’t have breast cancer, but my FMS causes severe skin pain and I have wasted lotss of money on clothing so now I just with the same clothing. Problems arise when the clothes wearout.
Depression has a way of sneaking in if I do go shopping so I just go with what I know wworks for me.
I have been asked by many why I always wear the same thing. Told my grandson I didn’t have any other clothes!!
Love your blogging. You are in my prayers.