I finally got around to ordering my breast form and mastectomy bras, and then waited impatiently for what we had decided to order to actually come in. I was more than ready for some new bras, since most of mine currently look like this:
I wasn’t about to buy new bras while I was in the middle of treatment. During radiation, I didn’t even wear a bra unless I was going out somewhere special. The other problem is my expander is a full cup size larger than my natural breast size, so my current bras don’t quite fit. Of course, when my breasts are two different sizes, nothing actually fits them without some help. That’s part of the reason I went back to Pennsylvania Artificial Limb and Brace. My lop-sidedness would be very apparent with most of my summer clothes without some boosting on the left side.
This is the breast form we went with:
The breast forms come in triangular or teardrop shapes. We went with the triangular, swim form shape to add as much to the upper part of my left breast as possible, to match the completely unnatural shape of the expander on the right. Because it’s a swim form, it won’t float when I take it in the water. Now I really need to check and see if it fits in my bikini, preferably before I go on vacation and actually want to wear a bathing suit.
The breast form slides inside the pocket of a mastectomy bra and then just sits on my breast.
I tried on several bras, and decided on these two as the most comfortable. The biggest problem was most of the bra straps sit right on top of my port, which is not at all comfortable. With these two bras, the straps go to the side a bit.
After wearing both bras for a few days, neither bra is as comfortable as my old bras. They are quite snug in the chest (which probably just means the elastic isn’t dead) and the straps aren’t over as far as I had hoped. They also irritate the expander a bit, which I don’t really understand how. I like being even again (which tells me I made the right decision in doing reconstruction, because I wouldn’t want a breast on only one side), but the increase in cup size is surprisingly noticeable. I’m glad I decided not to increase my cup size with the reconstruction. At least keep one thing the same, right! I’m sure I’ll get used to the new bras after a while.