Earlier this year a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a double masectomy. Not having had any direct experience with this, I was somewhat at a loss about what to expect for her and how to best offer support. This lead to my doing research online, which is what lead me to create these pillows.
After masectomy surgery, these little pillows can be placed under the arms, against the breast area, to help relieve pressure on the stitches and affected areas. I found them available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but was most inspired by the heart-shaped ones I saw. The sentiment was sweet and the shape seemed like it would fit most comfortably under the arm. I am, by no means, a breast cancer expert, but these seemed like a brilliant and really thoughtful idea to me.
I wanted them to be super soft and snuggly, so I raided my fabric stash and chose some cashmere sweater sleeves that were left over from other projects. I find wool and cashmere sweaters at thrift stores all the time and always snap them up. They usually have holes in them, so I have no qualms about cutting them up to make something new. Felting them at home in your washer keeps them from fraying and makes a nice sturdy material to work with. Just wash them in hot water and dry on high heat...it may take a few cycles to get them where you want them, but it's easy. Of course, you could also make this project with any kind of fabric you have on hand...flannel or fleece would be great!
That's all there is to it! I hope this project empowers you to feel a little less helpless if someone you know gets sick. I'd love to hear your thoughts, so I welcome any comments you may have.
Later this month, I'll also be sharing some tips about what to put in a breast cancer recovery care package and how to organize a Smile Train to deliver a steady stream of home cooked meals to anyone who needs a little extra TLC after a surgery.
You can also find out more about what I'm doing to support Breast Cancer Awareness this month in this post I shared yesterday.
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