I will be back, just not right now...

May 29, 2017
I have needed to update my readers for awhile, but waited because every single day, I'd think my husband would recover, return home, and our normal life would resume. My website basically was closed these last months as far as answering emails or sewing for survivors. But, my husband never got to return home after a trip to the emergency room in early December.

He tried bravely for well over five hospitalized months to recover, and I was there with him averaging 12 hours a day, often more, for approximately 160 DAYS. He had many complications arise due to the Lymphoma originally caused by Humira injections taken for years for his Rheumatoid Arthritis. He miraculously survived each and every crisis that came along, until the end.

That, and the story of how he was additionally harmed by dozens of medical errors as well, would make quite a movie, but who would believe it. It was far beyond what anyone could possibly imagine. There were also specialists who did amazing jobs of caring for him and bringing him back to better health after each crisis, and I will forever be grateful for what they did, giving us more time together and hope. Two were brilliant women, one in particular should have a movie written just about HER. There aren't enough words to do her justice.

The end result though is that just days after we reached our 40th wedding anniversary, while still in the hospital but having just made arrangements to bring him home, his dear heart gave out and he spent his last 3 days unconscious in ICU. He passed gently away on May 19th while I whispered 'I love you' in his ear over and over and held his hand. Half my own heart left me that moment.

I am not abandoning you, dear survivors, but after all these months without a break, I need a rest to recover. It's hard to learn how to start life over, without your best friend there to hold your hand anymore, but I'll do it with God's help.

As you survivors know, living through breast cancer is tough, likely the toughest thing you've done... but after you have already done that, you begin to realize that you can probably survive almost anything you never thought you could. God willing, I am going to try to get through this next few days or weeks, and I'll be back.
 

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 w...
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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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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.