The one thing I really miss since my mastectomy is going braless.

I’ll go out without make-up. I’ll wear dirty gardening clothes when I walk my dog. I am not vain. But, walking around with one boob just looks weird, even to me.

So, before I go out in public, I stuff a prosthetic into a mastectomy bra and put the thing on. Even when the weather is hot. Even when I won’t be seeing anybody I know. Everybody I know is aware I’ve had one boob chopped off. But they’re still used to seeing me with two.

Recently I read about stick-on boobs. No glue – something in the texture of the prosthetic is supposed to make it stick to the skin without feeling icky or irritating.

I read reviews. Several models got positive reviews, but very few details.

I wrote some stores that carry them – do you have a model that stays on when swimming vigorously?

One store wrote back that they have one model that will do the job. I ordered it.

Then I thought – I forgot to ask how the sizing runs in that model.

I wrote the store. The consultant wrote back that the model I had ordered runs small.

Yay! It was my smaller breast that got cancer. I think it looks odd to have even looking breasts. I never had them before, so why now, when the replacement is fake? But all the consultants I talked to previously, suggested I buy the size that fits the bra – no one had mentioned the possibility that I might want something different. And I didn’t think about it.

I’m looking forward to looking more like me again – with uneven breasts. And now that I’ve thought about it, I’ll just order a size smaller in the future.

If I have to buy a boob, it may as well fit my self-image, rather than my bra.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on August 29, 2014 at 7:08am

R&L ;-)

Comment by Arthur James on August 29, 2014 at 7:54am


You make some good Humor

Out of Life's` Misfortunes '


True story... I knew a high school

Vietnam Veteran. Tom Nussbaumer

Lost two lower limbs and one ` Nut '

and met a beautiful Scandinavia ` Gal '

and She told Tom N. That One ` Nut '

is a necessity and Two Nuts is ` Not '

Necessary. You caused  ` Remembrance '

` , '

I feel like I died and received a ` Reward '

In This Life On Earth. I move ` Into hut '

` ? '

No. It sorta a mansion on a ` Hilltop '

with bathtub. Indoor flusher ` Spring '

As? Ceramic Comode, and some ` Peace '

and it's been 18- months sine a ` Agni '

Fire purged my 1978 homemade ` Place '


I lugged from the wood-shop a ` Homemade '

Walnut ` Shaker-Style ' daybed ` Single bed '

and I sit ` Amazed and look at ` Hickory Nut

Tree floor` Grains that bean in ` Sunlight '

I feel very` Amazed and now I ` no annoyed...

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on August 29, 2014 at 7:58am

Arthur, your new home description is beautiful. Congratulations!

Comment by Arthur James on August 29, 2014 at 9:23am


At lunch You were mentioned.

Then. I recalled a 1970 war

Memory. I was in Viet Nam's

Central Highlands Tribal

Montegnard (sp?)` Hmong ' 

Mountain Yard People.

Woman were topless.

Men wore loin clothes.

I ate chicken with a

black tooth ( beetle nut )

Woman. She sucked

Marrow from bones.

She had breast that

hung almost to her

Belly Butten. The

Younger Girls

Wore Blouses.

Many Memories.

She Smiles So


I returned to

Viet Nam to

Show The



Nixon &


B-52- 500-

pound bombs

massacred them.

Then, after the

war the Tropical

Mahogany Tree

Timber was cut.

Harvested - post

Agent Orange

defoliated the

lush Jungle




Comment by Lois Wickstrom on August 29, 2014 at 9:33am

Arthur, I don't understand how people who have seen the destruction of war up close can ever send another generation to war.

Comment by Zanelle on August 29, 2014 at 10:35am

Buying a Boob!   What a great attitude you have!  I have big floppy boobs that are getting hard to contain in public.  I hope your new boob is natural and fun. 

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on August 29, 2014 at 10:48am

Zanelle, enjoy your big floppy boobs -- hey I typed books and had to correct it. So, enjoy both boobs and books.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

a joy to read! have a great time with yr new boob, gardening & walking the dog & swimming, etc.

i must admit to a bit of curiosity: where do you store it when yre not wearing it?  

u say in the future u might get a smaller one. do they wear out & have to be replaced?

some silly breast quotes:

B is for Breasts Of which ladies have two;

Once prized for the function, Now for the view.


Scientists now believe that

the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid.


Comment by Lois Wickstrom on August 29, 2014 at 12:50pm

James, yes prosthetic breasts wear out -- they're good for about 2 years.  They come with a box or a bag to store them in. I have some knit ones -- they just go in my drawer, like socks.  I've never had a stick-on one before.  The store sent me a detailed email about making sure it gets dry after I wash it. Apparently the textured surface that sticks to skin also holds water unless it is dried carefully.  The things I never bothered to learn about until I needed to.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on August 29, 2014 at 1:06pm

oh yes, lots of things to bother to learn in this life keep popping up, don't they? by contingency.


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