Update... Hubby is still very ill...

February 18, 2017
I am beyond tired, so please have patience with me for not having updated the website in so long.  I pretty much sleep, go back and forth to the hospital, and eat when I can remember to.  So far, my husband has lost over a hundred pounds with his illness, and I've lost 25 in taking care of him. I'll never complain about anyone being overweight again, it has probably saved both our lives, just having that weight to lose and still survive.

Our life was going along pretty well until last summer when he got overheated a few times at work and ended up with pneumonia.  About the time he recovered and was out of the hospital for that, it was found he had gallbladder problems, so that was removed.  He improved slightly, but soon again weakened and had to go to the emergency room.  Next morning, he sat up on the side of the bed and had an ulcer that broke open (likely due to Naproxen) and he lost most all his blood but was blessed to have a team of doctors who saved his life.  Various problems were found during that time that had been overlooked, and he has been treated for each ever since, including a lymphoma that was caused by Humira (for Rheumatoid arthritis), but it turned out to be easily treatable. Seems like medicines have almost killed him.

He recovers somewhat from each thing, and we begin to think it's over, then something else happens. He is an incredibly strong, gentle, patient man, and continues to fight this.  Every day, I go to him and help him exercise to keep up his strength, while being told by doctors who do not know him, how he may never come back fully from this because he has lost so much muscle tone and strength during recovery.  Many more of their dire predictions came about because of faulty equipment at the hospital, so I have gained a 'reputation' as a complainer, but hey, if I didn't, he would not have the right care. 

Because of his age, doctors tend to make more dire predictions anyway, it's as if once you are past a certain age, they truly think it's not worth their effort.  This makes life MUCH harder to bear, because in both his mind and mine, he WILL recover, his body will heal, and he will come home.  How many times during our lives have we been told something by doctors that turned out to be wrong?  Dozens.  How many times have we seen God's hand in healing?  More than we can count. 

I stand by my husband and continue to fight for him as his advocate.  This means that until somehow he recovers enough to not need constant medical care, I likely will not be sewing for my website readers.


It's sad that these things happen, and that along with recovery, we also have to fight hospitals and insurance rules, etc..  I have fought to get him into a hospital in a larger town that provides more specialists in fields that he needs care, so he can recover faster, but the hospitals seem to block me at every turn.

If I only had to help my husband, it would be difficult enough, but I also have to function under many other hats and spend a lot of time trying to find solutions.  It took me two days once to convince them that his heart wasn't about to go out at any moment as they predicted, because the heart monitor alarmed constantly.  Finally got them to replace the lead set I'd found with the broken wire, and voila, suddenly his heart was fine.

I was told once in ICU that his mind was gone and he'd never be able to communicate again, while his eyes were wildly trying to tell me not to listen to them!  Took days to get a nurse to clean the mucus blocking his throat, and afterward he recited the alphabet and then started counting, to show he was QUITE able to think and communicate.

They refused to hook up his CPAP that I'd brought once he was off the ventilator, so that time, for two days, he lay there saying 'help me' over and over...FINALLY got them to let me hook it up, and he dropped right off to sleep, exhausted, and was much recovered when he woke up. 

Took weeks and weeks to get them to understand their pain medications were something he was having a bad reaction to and get it changed.  He simply is not able to tolerate certain meds that they consider common, he reacts the opposite to them than most do. 

I could literally write a book on things that could actually have killed him if he didn't have an aware advocate nearby. 

Just have two messages I want to leave you with....one is to thank you for your patience, I will eventually be sewing again somehow.  The other is to say that you should never leave a family member alone too long at a hospital, and never just accept what you are told if you have reason to believe it isn't so, doctors are not perfect, they only 'practice' their profession.  There are good ones, and ones that are...less than compassionate.  Same with nurses, there are ANGELS, and there are some who need to go find other jobs. You will quickly learn the difference during a long stay.  I now know what days I can leave on errands and what days I can't even go eat lunch.

Please, please, pray for my husband's recovery and for me to keep strong.  God is in control, we are just doing the best that we can.  I love you all.
 

Sewing is over for now, sorry.....

November 19, 2016
This is the first time I've ever had to totally stop sewing for other breast cancer survivors, but as of today, I'm going to have to take a break.  My husband recovered somewhat from his pneumonia, but then took a downward turn after a bit.  Turns out that the pneumonia brought another serious problem to the doctor's attention that now has to be fixed.  He is very ill, and cannot be left alone for very long just now.  As you can imagine, neither of us gets much rest, so I'm going to try to sl...
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Long overdue update!

November 10, 2016
Hi folks!  Well, just wanted to let you know I'm still alive, lol... though a lot has happened since last last May's post.  Let's see...the heart problem was finally resolved somewhat by medication, then about the time I was feeling all 'indestructible' and starting to work on painting in the house and trimming some trees outside again, well, hubby got sick.

He has had Rheumatoid arthritis since he was a young man but almost ten years ago had started using Humira for it with great success.  S...
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Well, here I go again!

May 18, 2016
Wow, I get busy with sewing and outdoor stuff doing various yard work and such, and it seems I never get around to making a post unless it's about my own health because for some reason everything gets slowed down because of it, lol... SORRY!  This is just the fastest way to give info about whatever there is to do about the website and health issues are the one thing that seem to get in the way a lot. 

I'm still sewing microbead forms and responding to emails from my 'www.MastectomySolutions.c...
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Good news, times two!

March 12, 2015
First is my own good news, I'm finally completely OUT OF THE WHEELCHAIR and doing fine!  :^)  Once I decided that the wound clinic I was going to, was HINDERING my recovery...and I researched what to do to PROMOTE my recovery, everything changed quickly.  I finally started healing and by now, after about a month, my ankles are truly healed and I'm walking just fine again.  Can't begin to tell you how much easier life is now that I'm walking around again, lol...  If any of you have fragile ski...
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Slight price increase, sorry!

January 30, 2015
Well folks, it's that time of year again, when we add up receipts and figure costs of manufacturing something, and discover that when we weren't looking, prices went up!

This year, I had noticed that once I added more sizes of microbead forms, particularly larger ones, and more customizations that could be added so that people with single side mastectomy or implant problems could also be served, suddenly I was ordering a LOT more microbeads than usual.  In the medium range sizes, I can make se...
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THREE more sizes just added!

July 5, 2014
Hello friends!  Just today realized that I'd not yet added two sizes that I'd been making for a while for people who asked... the size 3XSmall and the size 6XLarge, which have both turned out to be oft-needed sizes.  Usually I quietly make new sizes for people who ask, test them out for awhile, and if it's right, then they get added to the website.  These should have been there awhile ago, so I'm sorry for the delay.  Someone just ordered a size 7XL so I decided to go ahead and put that one o...
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Price changed slightly....

May 28, 2014
Hello there! Just a quick note to let you know that, yes, I finally raised the price $2 a pair for the microbead forms.  When the post office raised their rates yet again a few months ago, I knew I'd probably need to raise mine to make up for the additional postage I'd have to pay for supplies, but I kept putting it off.  After paying for the last few shipments and indeed seeing higher prices, well..it was just past time.  Sorry about it, would rather have not done it, but along with gas, sup...
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New ordering CHECKLIST and adjustment TUTORIALS added!

February 20, 2014
Hello, friends!  Some of you know that for a LONG TIME I've been promising to add a photo tutorial on this website to show you a simple way to remove some microbeads from your breast forms when they're too 'perky'.  You also needed a tutorial on how to close the adjustment tubes that I've been providing some of you with.  It's been especially popular with those who've had single mastectomies.  Then, what about those who have multiple or more unusual adjustment needs, a CHECKLIST of options ha...
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Happy! Hampton Art company just made my day!

February 7, 2014
Recently, I stopped by a local craft store, and happened on a batch of self-inking rubber stamp things by Hampton Art Stamps.  I usually don't have time to 'play' much with my craft supplies, hadn't bought anything not all about sewing lately, but there was a big display, and, oh my, on sale the day I was there! 

Started picking out cling-stamp sets to go in the i-press stamper that holds various colors of ink pads they sell, then got a few different ink pads, and then, EUREKA, saw a kit that...
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Who and Why...


My name is Mary. I'm a survivor of breast cancer. After bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy in 2007, I'd thought everything would be fine when the last chemo treatment was done and my hair grew back. But, there was so much to learn before being comfortable again! I'm still seeking more solutions to the mastectomy issues that so many of us share, and wrote this website to hopefully help others skip ahead on the learning curve.