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Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2018 01:13PM

aweate wrote:

I had a bilateral mastectomy and just ordered my first suit. Can I wear my silicone ameona forms or do I need to buy official swim forms? My insurance covered my silicone and leisure forms but I don't want to ruin them. I do have a cheap nearly there pair I got from Amazon that I could pop in but I am not sure about drying time. Should I break down and buy swim forms? As far as forms my insurance won't do anymore for this year. What has worked for you?

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Jul 2, 2018 01:23PM Snickersmom wrote:

I just tried on a bunch of suits that looked good without any kind of forms. Those silicone ones don’t work in the water and I wasn’t about to spend lots of money on anything.


Dx 3/24/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 2, 2018 01:24PM Snickersmom wrote:

okay what I meant to say was that I tried on a bunch of suits until I found a couple that looked good

Dx 3/24/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 2, 2018 01:28PM aweate wrote:

do you wear them without the forms?

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Jul 2, 2018 02:51PM Snickersmom wrote:

Yes. They do have those little form things in them but, of course, I don't have anything to fill them with. So they just sit there. I have gotten used to it and I don't think about it anymore. I just didn't want to have to buy a special suit, etc. Nobody even notices.

Dx 3/24/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 2, 2018 03:23PM KimE wrote:

I just bought these to go with my new suit www.healthproductsforyou.com/p... They were fairly inexpensive but I haven't had a chance to try them out yet.

Oncotype Score - 31 Dx 3/10/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/28/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 4/25/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 6/2/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/12/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/29/2019 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jul 2, 2018 05:49PM aweate wrote:

Thanks! Great idea! Never even thought about doing that. :)

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Jul 2, 2018 05:50PM aweate wrote:

awesome! Do you know what size would be a B cup?

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Dec 15, 2018 12:21PM Aussie-Cat wrote:

I just watched a video about how to sew a pocket onto a bra, put beads into it and seal it up so you don't need a separate breast form. If a person used a mastectomy bra or bathing suit, I wonder if they could just put the beads in and seal it up without the step of sewing a pocket on. It would save needing a separate swimming form, which a lot of women buy. I am still going flat at the moment but the video has given me ideas and is inspiring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEcqmSmaPGI

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Mar 1, 2019 09:24PM aweate wrote:

I would love to here if there is an easier way to swim with out breast forms...yes they are excellent for floating...lol...but would like them to be part of the suit...just want to slip on the suit and go! Double mastectomy no reconst...a year ago today!!!

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May 1, 2019 08:26PM alto wrote:

I’ve heard of women using bath puffs for swim forms.

Knitted Knockers offers free swim forms.

Diagnosed at 42. Had symptoms of Paget's for years prior to positive biopsy. No Tamox because low% ER. Dx 11/2/2018, Paget's, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 11/29/2018, DCIS/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 12/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 1/15/2019 Mastectomy: Right
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May 1, 2019 08:47PM nbnotes wrote:

I actually use my regular Amoena forms most of the time and they work just fine in my lands end mastectomy tankini tops. The ones I have are silicone without any type of fabric cover on them. I did buy some swim forms (being as I'm in Florida), but find that if I'm going to be swimming and changing in/out of other clothes, it is just easier to use the regular ones.

Nancy --- mets to liver -- "Don't count the days, make the days count" Muhammed Ali Dx 7/17/2012, IDC, 1cm, ER+/PR- Surgery 8/22/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 8/23/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/8/2012 AC Dx 10/9/2012, 5cm, Stage IV, mets Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2017 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 1/12/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/7/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy 11/10/2017 Afinitor (everolimus) Chemotherapy 8/21/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 4/24/2019 Radiation Therapy 9/2/2019 External: Liver Chemotherapy 9/16/2019 Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jun 11, 2019 07:17PM aweate wrote:

Pocketed Swimwear Mastectomy Swimsuit for Silicone Fake Breast Form Breast Cancer Woman Swimwear908 (L) Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQTY1XB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.hfaDbCDB3QBQ

Best swimsuit ever! Sliding...holds forms perfectly...and very reasonable.

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Jun 11, 2019 07:17PM aweate wrote:

great idea!!!

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Jun 26, 2019 05:07PM msphil wrote:

hello sweetie my expander was removed after my body rejected it after only one filling. I brought regular swimsuits then sew a piece material as a pocket . I ordered a couple from Amazon to use just for swimsuits. msphil idc stage2 0/3 nodes 3mo chemo before and after Lmast. then got married then 7wks rads and 5yrs on Tamoxifen.

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