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

swimsuits-for-mastectomy

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:

Hair loss and breast cancer

headcovers during chemotherapy
Blue scarf on the top left & colourful scarf on top right are designed by Kristina Zsj Silks. Rest of the scarves are the model’s own.

Hair loss is one of the side effects that women may experience while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Many women say that the loss of hair is one of the most difficult things to deal with.

knowing your options – bra day 2015

bra day 2015
Photo credit: www.bra-day.com

We recently had the opportunity to exhibit at BRA Day 2015, Toronto’s flagship event on Wednesday October 21st and what a great time we had! Many thanks to Willow for inviting us to share our awesome breast prosthetics with the several hundred women that attended the event. Five of Toronto’s top plastic surgeons were on hand to answer questions and outline the various surgical procedures available to women following mastectomy and breast surgery. A private women-only area was available so that ladies who had undergone breast reconstruction could show the results of their surgery and talk about their personal experiences. 

breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the time of year when events such as the Run for the cure and the Guardian Angel Benefit shine a spotlight on this prevalent and persistent disease. In the last few years a number of high profile women have spoken openly about their struggles with breast cancer and the difficult decisions they have been forced to make.