August 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm #1635
I screened a lady today who had previous breast cancer years before. She was delighted to tell me about a new alternative to a prosthetic breast – a knitted knocker! Set up by an American lady, they are now gaining populartiy. More importantly, my lady expressed huge relief at not having to use a heavy prosthesis anymore, she personally found them horrendous and was quite distressed by it. Of course not every lady finds this, but she said this knitted alternative has changed her life entirely. She wanted me to spread the word and I told her I would 🙂August 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm #1637August 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm #1639LeslieKeymaster
How interesting, Rachel. I wonder what anyone else thinks about this. Is it worn inside a bra?
Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography, University of SalfordAugust 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm #1641mgriffithsKeymaster
Wow not heard of knitted knockers before – they look like an amazing alternative. What are they filled with? How many women are using them an alternative? sorry so many questions:)
thanks for sharingAugust 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm #1643Julie Stein Hodgins.Keymaster
Yes they are an alternative. I have some samples if you are interested. I keep them on the unit and share with ladies that do not like the heavy weight of the traditional ones.
They are knitted, or crocheted, to the requested size and filled with toy grade filling. They are washable and refillable!
They fill a ‘swimming’ one with a bathroom ‘scrunchy’ so it dries easily. The ‘They’ are people..usually women I guess who knit them up and then post the orders out. There is no charge to the recipient, so the group appreciate donations.
Thanks for sharing the info Rachael..it is great that we can let women share ideas and good experiences.August 25, 2016 at 7:42 am #1645Beverley ScraggKeymaster
You’ve got to appreciate the ideas that some people have – that’s brilliant. I have heard from people before that the weight of the ‘traditional’ prosthetics can be off-putting; these seem to be more versatile too – I love the swimming thing! I wonder if the breast care nurses in my unit keep a sample? Will check.
Radiographer, Mammographer, Gamer, Scout...... & MUM!!September 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm #1657Tina SummersParticipant
I’ve never heard of them before but what a fabulous idea!!September 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm #1859AnonymousInactive
Hello all: my first post on here, but I’m a mammographer with 17 years of experience: I got rather distracted by this post while thinking about being on the practitioner forum last night. I was wondering if any other units have heart shaped cushions to give to women after breast surgery? Our unit has them and women can have them. They are given by a local group of sewers who donate them: apparently the shape is extremely good for supporting tissues while sleeping/resting etc.
Here’s a link to a similar group I found on the web
Women are very positive about them and really like themSeptember 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm #1861Julie Stein Hodgins.Keymaster
I love it. People do what they can with what they love! Thanks for sharing. Wonder if we get a collection of ideas we could write a short article for our professional magazine.September 10, 2016 at 8:30 am #1863Beverley ScraggKeymaster
That’s another good idea – and Julie, yes, has anyone ever collected this sort of thing together and put it ‘out there’?
If not, great time to maybe do so – but if people who had used them gave their opinion too and that was included, even better?
Radiographer, Mammographer, Gamer, Scout...... & MUM!!September 23, 2016 at 10:44 am #1963
Oh wow, thank you for all your responses. I’m so pleased the Knitted Knocker message is getting out there! I LOVE the heart cushions Sam, what a fabulous idea. I may get our Breast Care Nurses involved (althought they’re pretty amazing and will know doubt know about it already like the Knitted Knockers!).
Its the smaller, little niggles that when you find a solution for them, make such a huge difference.
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