Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Online Summit

Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Wendy was contacted by Denise Stewart, an Occupational Therapist from Australia to make a presentation sharing her professional experience and opinions on breast cancer rehabilitation. Denise has produced a unique online summit for healthcare professionals to collaborate on the best way to help their patients.This summit brings together speakers from around the globe who will talk about a variety of issues concerning breast cancer rehabilitation. What happens after breast cancer treatment is often overlooked. This summit will be a step towards changing that. The main topic of Wendy’s presentation is breast prosthetics and will also touch on art as therapy for both patients and caregivers. Wendy’s talk will be up on day three of the summit. 

Make Your Own Breast Form

Unfortunately, the government does not provide enough funding for women to purchase a breast prosthesis post mastectomy. Not all women can afford a “nice” prosthesis that isn’t a basic generic gel bag.

making a prosthesis

Beverly Johnson, owner of Bra-makers Supply and  “Fairy Bra Mother”, based in Ontario has created a step by step guide on how to create your own home made breast form with some foam, beads and a sewing machine. The instructions are easy to follow and the materials are also affordable.

Top 5 reasons people get breast prosthetics

breast prosthesis

There are actually many reasons for people to get breast prosthetics. Some of them may come as a surprise. We all know someone who has struggled with post-mastectomy body changes after breast cancer treatment. You may not be aware that many women have breasts that are different sizes and in some women only one breast develops. Transitioning women may want to wear breast prosthetics at any point throughout their journey. Some people just enjoy enhancing or changing their curves. Lets not forget all the amazing performers out there. Prosthetic breasts can transform a person’s look and how they feel about themselves.

Project: Self Love by Jess Fielder

girl with sign

Jess Fielder is a Photographer in the US who put together a very heartwarming shoot in Columbus, Mississippi titled Project: Self Love.

The photo series resonated with us at Bressante because we also believe that you don’t owe anyone your prettiness. You don’t owe your partner, your kids or your boss. We are all so much more than our outward appearance. It is so much more important for anyone to be comfortable and happy with their body and soul. The quote by Erin McKean:

“You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother. You don’t owe it to your children. You don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked female.” – Erin McKean

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Anaplastologists

Group of Anaplastologists and Health Care Professionals

I recently attended the International Anaplastology Association conference, in Dallas, Fort Worth. Read more about this amazing organizationIt was wonderful to connect with my anaplastology colleagues from around the world. I presented a workshop about access to Bressante breast prosthetics. It was very well received and we are continuing to develop our process to make beautiful breast prostheses available to all women.