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

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Monday, May 29, 2017, In : Announcements 
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, ...

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

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Saturday, February 18, 2017, In : Announcements 
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.....

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Saturday, November 19, 2016, In : Announcements 
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!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Thursday, November 10, 2016, In : Announcements 
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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Good news, times two!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Thursday, March 12, 2015, In : Announcements 
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!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Announcements 
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!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Saturday, July 5, 2014, In : Announcements 
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....

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, In : Announcements 
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!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Thursday, February 20, 2014, In : Announcements 
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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New announcements!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : Announcements 
Hello, friends!  There's a big change coming in the way that you can keep up with this website's newest things.  I've started a blog that can be found here:  http://mastectomysolutions.wordpress.com/ that you can 'follow' if you like so you'll be first to know when I've found another solution, OR when I see something at a local store that can be used for mastectomy-wear.  Every so often, I've been someplace like Walmart and seen a current top or bra that is designed with a natural 'pocket' th...
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Thank you all for your support....

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : Announcements 
I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of you "Thank you" for being so wonderful recently when my little world fell apart with the loss of our dear Pekingese 'fur baby' last month.  We continue to grieve for her, but life goes on, as it always does.  When I mentioned to you here that I hoped you'd not stop ordering, because I needed to stay busy, many of you wrote with messages of comfort and the orders poured in at a time when keeping busy was the best medicine possible for me.

Today, I w...
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It's been a difficult week.

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Announcements 
Our aging Pekingese fur-baby that we've loved for about 13 1/2 years, passed away on Thursday.  It was my husband and my 36th wedding anniversary, another anniversary we'll never forget...  We'd so hoped she'd recover from her latest health issues, as she'd suddenly taken a turn for the worse early in the week.  She had then improved after an injection Tuesday, but it only gave her another full day with us on Wednesday.  At least it was a good day.  We were then up trying to comfort our littl...
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THE SCAR PROJECT

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Announcements 
A website reader just suggested a YouTube video called "The Scar Project".  There's several, but the one by David Jay is something I'd suggest for anyone who has been, or is about to go through breast cancer surgery.  It will give you an idea of what typical scars look like, whether reconstruction is done or not... and some of the women had lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. 

I'm appreciative of the brave breast cancer survivors who allowed their photos to be put on the video  It's very inform...
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Two new microbead form sizes available!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Announcements 
Recently, I acquired some larger size test bras with full intentions of drafting the patterns for properly sized microbead forms right away... unfortunately, I put them in a box not properly labeled, and...well... it just slipped my mind to make the patterns.  Someone recently asked about those sizes, so I've finally drafted the patterns to fit.  There are now completed microbead forms available on the "Items For Sale" page in the newest sizes of 3XL and 4XL, and the pattern changes will soon...
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Just when you think things are going well....

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Announcements 
About three days ago, we thought hubby was having a bad reaction to a blood pressure med change, but just to be on the safe side, I called his heart specialist, who soon arranged for testing and treatment.  Turns out, hubby had another mild heart attack and had to be in the hospital a couple of days to receive more stents to open a clogged artery.  It was just a coincidence that his symptoms were on the same day as the first dose of the new med, but that probably saved his life. If we'd not b...
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Changes at our house!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Announcements 
Hello, website visitors!  Some of you may notice I've not posted to the blog in awhile.  Well, there's a story there!  First, back in June, my dear hubby had a heart attack, had stents, recovered quickly, and life thankfully moved on UNTIL.... he later had two total knee replacements, one at a time, with six weeks between them.  You have not LIVED until you've been a 24/7 nurse/wife to a large man learning to use a new knee... or two. 

At the time, it took over almost every moment of my time ...
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Life happens, so be prepared!

Posted by Mary LaCaze on Thursday, June 23, 2011, In : Announcements 
Almost 3 weeks ago, my husband had a heart attack.  And I was afterward reminded of a few facts that all women (and especially those living with mastectomy) should consider. 

First of all, hubby is fine now.  It was a scary couple of days when it happened, with an evening in the emergency room, an amazing cardiac team being called to the hospital in the middle of the night to save him, and a week later, a bit more outpatient surgery.  We were blessed to have the local 'rock star' of cardiac s...
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Welcome to my blog!

Posted by MaryAtMastectomySolutions on Saturday, May 7, 2011, In : Announcements 
Hello everyone, I hope you have enjoyed looking through the website.  It took months to create (though it was in my head for years, you just couldn't SEE it there, lol...) and I'm only just now finally adding a blog page.  Yes, I know, I promised some of you that it would be done long ago...  Too tell the truth, it took so long to create the website that I needed a break from learning how to do website building things, and a blog looked complicated.  Who knew it would take all of about five m...
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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.