It goes without saying that it is emotional, difficult, and extremely sensitive when someone in your life has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We know you don’t want to say the wrong thing, we know you want to do what you can to help them, and lastly, we know you are probably wondering “what can I get them to show them that I care?”
You came to the right place.
Our team, and our community are experts in everything you might possibly need to give to the person in your life with breast cancer, so you can be the most supportive partner, family member, friend, or work associate as possible. First, we want to thank you for taking the time to read this article. By making time and space for this information, you are already taking the first step in being the supportive care-vivor as possible. Let’s dive in…
To be frank, cancer is expensive AF. Surgeries, treatments, prescription medication, doctor visit co-pays...the list goes on and on. Not to mention missing pay to off work to undergo these expensive surgeries and treatments. The cost alone is enough to make anyone’s head spin. An easy way to help someone you care about off-set the cost of their cancer is actually a lot easier (and more practical) than most people realize.
Meal + Cleaning Services
When someone has cancer, doing basic things like preparing meals, going grocery shopping or cleaning the house becomes difficult if not impossible at times. Paying for a month of meal delivery or cleaning services can be a HUGE HELP to the person in your life who is going through surgery and treatments. With the basics taken care of and their families fed, they will be able to focus on the most important thing: healing.
There are a lot of essential items that make healing from mastectomies, lumpectomies and other breast surgeries much easier. Let’s start with the basics:
They won’t be able to shower after their surgery, so adult cleansing wipes will help them feel refreshed and clean in the interim period. Spray deodorant will enable them to use less motion when applying.
After surgery, they will have annoying but necessary surgical drains. The Miena Robe with Drain Management Belt will allow them to keep their drains comfortably tucked away and neatly out of sight. The robe itself is perfect for the hospital and at home and is both luxurious and functional. Made of super-soft modal, this will keep them comfortable while they heal. What’s better? They can remove the belt when they’re healed and wear it on its own.
The drain management belt is easy to clip in and out of the Miena as needed and will keep her drains out of sight, and out of mind.
After their mastectomy or other breast surgery, they will need specialized bras that will soothe their sensitive skin and surgical sites. The Award-Winning Rora Bra is wire-free, front closing, extremely supportive, cloud-soft and suitable for all surgery types. So no matter if they are having a mastectomy, lumpectomy, reconstructive, exchange or FLAP surgery, this bra will keep them comfortable and supported. To stay fresh, we recommend stocking up with 3-5 post-surgical bras. If you feel overwhelmed choosing styles for them, get them a gift card to cover the essentials. Our fit specialists will answer all of their questions, and help them choose what will work best for them.
There are certain items that will make accessibility and everyday activities easier and less frustrating while they are recovering from surgery. It may seem like a no-brainer, but a large jug water bottle with a straw will allow them to stay hydrated without lifting a glass to their lips to drink; long phone charging cords are a lifesaver for hospital rooms with sparse outlets; back scratchers allow them to stay unbothered while they are sans mobility; and shower chairs will allow them to bathe without straining themselves and becoming tired.
It takes a village to prepare and care for someone who has breast cancer. No matter what, we know you will make sure they are supported in the ways they need to be.
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Dana Donofree is joined by Dr. Brannon Claytor to answer your questions about the ASPS news that some surgeries are being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Claytor is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Main Line Heath and owner of his private practice, Claytor/Noone Plastic Surgery.