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

Beautifully.

I returned to

Viet Nam to

Show The

Peasants

Lifestyle.

Nixon &

Kissinger

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

Leaves...

`

afterlife?

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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