ETMC offering free bra prosthesis to breast cancer survivors
POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:30pm
Tyler, Texas(KETK) — Breast cancer survivors don't stop fighting, even long after their last surgery. The battle scars from their war against cancer are often a daily reminder of the pain they once endured.
Most times, women who have survived breast cancer often opt for reconstructive surgery. Survivors say they feel as if part of them is missing and its that part that once gave them confidence and helped them feel like a woman. However, the idea of going back under the knife is stressful and some patients opt out of another surgery, but their left missing the confidence they once had.
The American Cancer Society was once able to provide a free bra prosthesis to woman who fought breast cancer. Recently they turned their bra inventory over to East Texas Medical Center and Breast Care Center Director, Dr. Regina Davis and her team are excited about giving their patients more than one way to feel good. The bra prosthesis is a bra fitted specifically to the survivor. It can be for both sides or just one and the benefits are tremendous.
For survivor, Donna Hale, the idea of another surgery was overwhelming. She was focused on getting rid of the cancer and being healthy again. She opted to wear the prosthesis to help with her self-esteem. She says, "my clothes fit better and I could be at work or church or in public and no one knew I was wearing a prosthesis".
The best part about the bra is that ETMC is offering it free to woman, even without insurance.