Specialty Store for Breast Cancer Patients

A new shop in Rockford catering to those dealing with breast cancer opened Tuesday.

Positive Reflections offers a relaxed setting where breast cancer patients can feel comfortable selecting intimate health care products. The store sells masectomy bras, breast prosthesis for masectomy and lumpectomy patients. In addition, there are a selection of hats, head wraps and mini-hairpieces for sale.

Positive Reflections is located in the Rockford medical building on Rockton Avenue. For more information you can call 971-7115.

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Clothing Ideas for Women with Breast Cancer

Following breast surgery or radiation therapy, clothing comfort is a primary concern.

Your body and skin will feel tender and you may want to go “braless” at first. Soft camisoles or knit tops may provide both comfort and modesty during this time, while an easy-fit front-opening blouse, sweatshirt, or soft sweater may be easiest to get on and off.

If your treatment involves chemotherapy, you will probably lose your hair. Some women prefer to go “bald” as a mark of courage. Others express their creativity through design or adoption of interesting hats, scarves and head coverings. Others prefer wigs that match their previous hairstyle or try a new one for a change.

In all likelihood, you can wear most of your previous wardrobe after breast surgery. Some points to keep in mind as you select new clothes or wear the ones you had before the surgery are:

  • Opaque fabrics will conceal undergarments and scars — sheer fabrics show through
  • Patterned prints hide more body form irregularities than solid colors
  • Dull textures are less revealing than shiny ones
  • Lightweight fabrics cause less pressure on the shoulders and chest
  • Clinging fabrics may reveal more than you want to show
  • Yoke or draped designs with pleats or gathers over the bustline may be more attractive than a smooth fit
  • Fleece knits can provide both softness and warmth
  • Cotton jersey or sweatshirt knits are soft, stretch for comfort, and are absorbent
  • Front-opening tops, shirts, jackets and sweaters are easier to put on and take off
  • Zippers should be fabric-backed for comfort
  • Wearing your favorite colors can lift your spirits
    Straight cut jackets and blouses tend to hide curves
  • Blouson-design dresses give lengthwise ease and conceal bust changes
  • Necklines should not be overly revealing; cowl or loose fitting collars are good
  • Dropped, raglan, or dolman sleeves may be more comfortable than set-in sleeves that fit closely

Source: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/CL0002.pdf

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