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.

Anaplastology= Science+Art+Technology


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. 

What is Offensive?

There is a blog post called “Cancer is Offensive” on the blog Stupid Dumb Cancer written by Ann Marie Giannino-Otis where she speaks very bluntly about what something being “offensive” actually looks like through the eyes of a cancer survivor or anyone else struggling with cancer. Ann Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog

Know the Signs of Lymphedema

Fern Taylor of Delton wears a compression sleeve and glove on her right arm. Taylor suffers from lymphedema, causing fluid to build up her arm after having lymph nodes removed from her breast. Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

Lymphedema is a condition involving the lymph nodes that occurs after surgery. While treating breast cancer lymph nodes may be removed, damaged or disturbed, leading to the potential for lymphedema to occur. Women should be aware of the signs and symptoms of lymphedema as they can manifest several years after surgery. If you notice any of the following, see your doctor right away:

Finding the Right Post-treatment Swimsuit


photo credit: sears canada

Hitting the pool or beach after undergoing treatment for breast cancer can be daunting. A mastectomy and chemotherapy can mess with the basic shape of your body, never mind your self-confidence. Yet why deny yourself the joy of being in the water or outside in the sun? These kinds of environments can be healing also. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for solutions to get you back in the swim of things:

Walking for health

walking for health

Hello, My name is Algoma. Algoma means “valley of flowers”. I come from a big family. I have seven siblings. I grew up in the great outdoors. My childhood consisted of running around with my siblings and cousins. Ever since I was a child, I was intrigued by nature. I love flowers, the greeneries and the lakes. That is probably why I love walking so much.