Disclaimer: There was NO compensation paid for this review/recommendation and all items received were purchased by me.
A little over a year ago I randomly (because I didn’t even know this was a thing) came across this Mastectomy Pillow on Etsy. I of course clicked on the picture, since I just so happened to have a mother who would be having a double mastectomy in a few short weeks. And I am always searching for items or ways to make this process a little less awful, stressful, manageable, (feel free to insert your own word here)____________.… The link took me to the Pink Pepper Co. shop on Etsy. Where in short, I found everything mastectomy. Of course there were things that I hadn’t even thought of, from button down cotton shirts to lanyards to hold the drains.
I ended up ordering one of the gift sets, because it included mastectomy surgery shirts (3) as well as a mastectomy chest pillow. The shirts I thought were great because they are cotton, so they are comfortable for regular daily wear during recovery and do not require lifting your arms up. The chest pillow is genius, because well…after that type of surgery you are going to want a buffer…especially on the car ride home (to start).
In my true obsessive compulsive fashion, I placed my order, then freaked to about the size of the shirts and contacted the shop owner Leslie. Not only did I question the size I ordered but also if I would get it in time (as my mom’s treatment facility was out of town). Leslie was great and had no issue with changing the shirt sizes. Luckily I was capable of making the crucial decision on the shirt sizes and she got my order sent out asap. I received it with ample time before heading to my mother’s surgery appointment. The entire process was painless and speedy.
What made me feel even better about my purchase was finding out that Leslie was a breast cancer survivor herself (I mean not too crazy…seeing as the products she is providing are clearly from one who has gone through the process). I love supporting small businesses, it is important and this shop great!
About Pink Pepper Co, directly from their site:
Pink Pepper Co. specializes in post op comfort products for breast cancer and mastectomy healing. We feature Mastectomy Pillows, which provide comfort and protection after any type of breast surgery. As a patient is healing, they need to apply soft pressure to the chest area, and offer protection against bumps, drops, and the occasional pet or child jump. Our Mastectomy Pillow is the perfect solution. Equally important is our Mastectomy T Shirts, which are 100% cotton, have easy open snap fronts, and are specifically designed to discreetly hold drain tubes and provide comfort during healing. These are worn 24 hours a day by patients for the first month of recovery, and are absolutely necessary when mobility and movement are limited.
Made by a Breast Cancer Survivor who understands, for other future Breast Cancer Survivors!
I am so thankful for Pink Pepper Co., they were a true life saver…my mother…a year later still uses the pillow (she has not had reconstruction) and likes the padding if not wearing her prosthesis.
I STRONGLY recommend visiting her site (www.pinkpepperco.com) if you have a loved one who will be going through breast cancer related surgery in the near future.