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Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

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hopalong
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Just been to buy my Bean-a-boob, from Nicola Jane it was only 29.00 pounds and I will get 1/2 back from simply health so its hardly broken the bank if it doesn't work for my get fit campaign. Think This Girl Can.

I am hoping it will fit in and be secure in my existing swimwear as dont want to have to spend a fortune on specialist costumes. If I do I will be ordering the George one for 9 pounds.

It also has the plus of being lighter and smaller than my silicone prosthetic so will be fine in my JML style strapless bra for summer maxi dress/vest top wearing.

NetteW
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hi Mags60,

Just as a point of interest where are you based. I watch the programmes on tv and wish I still had access to London hospitals. I live in Scarborough and our local hospital is now adays classed as a cottage hospital for York. The upside Is we get a personal service. My chemo nurse went to school we our daughter. 

For others reading this I do like my swim form but also was completely happy with the bean bag. I swim crawel mainly so have a lot of shoulder movement. 

NetteW 

Mags60
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

I had no problem getting a swim form from hospital. I was having problems getting a ordinary Breast form that didn't move.. so my BC Nurse arranged for Amoeno Rep to visit hospital. I was also getting very depressed because I swim regularly and couldn't do so because the prosthesis I had kept floating out. Maybe I was lucky... sorry to hear it's not the norm. I wasn't aware of that.

NetteW
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I find it scary how inconsistent the NHS service is at the moment. I am pretty sure I couldn't get a swim form from my unit. I have been waiting 6 weeks for a scan requested at my annual check. Scary.

Mags60
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Mags60
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

You can get a swimming prosthesis from hospital... I had an Amoena one and their swim costumes are so comfortable and don't gap at top. I actually looked better in a swim costume than I did before my mastectomy. I still have one even though I've had recon. I also got an amazing sarong from White Stuff last year. I used to mention prosthesis when going through scan but stopped, as don't think it's necessary. Don't forget to get a swimming prosthesis as others are to heavy in the water and get too hot if sitting poolside. Have a great holiday.... You deserve it. PS I didn't have to pay for my swim prosthesis I got mine via Macmillan BC Nurse. Just should also mention that if you get in a jacuzzi with implant you swim cossie top blows up like a balloon.... so I just put my arms over my chest to stop this happening. (I now have implants and the same happens with them but more so) Have fun!

NetteW
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hi Hopalong,

I will reply on your string re contact form. Re beanie form I had one to start with as it was cheaper than very expensive swim form. But I had a recon reduction when finished with all the treatment for second bc and no recon on otherside. At that point I treated myself to swim form then found a cheaper one at about £40 so now have two but as I am a very good swimmer and it is one of the very best arm excercise I am ok with the expense. But I did like my beanie and am thinking of getting another one for summer. Particularly for my up coming 9 day cycle tour. The beanie washes and drys quicker than weighted form and will be lighter and I think allow better air flow than contact form. Hope this adds to summer wear and excercise debate.

Nette 

hopalong
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Sorry to Hijack thread Lolly, but I have just read Nette's reply.

I posted a thread on the surgery forum asking for pro's and con's about contact prosthetics, please Nette can you comment on it for me and then Lolly's thread doesn't get side tracked.

 

Lolly I'm also wondering about the warm weather as am already struggling with a heavy large prosthesis and hot flushes, hence why BCN has suggested a contact form.

From a clothes wise position I have bought some strappy vest tops to wear under my dresses. Most of my clothes were V neck as I was a busty girl. Most of my summer gear is also strapless maxi dresses that I wore with one of those JML type stretchy bandau style bras which I know will not keep my prosthesis secure.

 I am also your age and am finding it hard to find a bra that is pretty and reasonably priced and am now looking into swimwear and prosthetics for holidays and also for getting fit.

I asked my BCN about a swim prosthetic and she said that most people use their normal one and just make sure to wash it well. This might work if just going to do a few lengths at the local pool but can't see it working poolside in Spain, so am thinking of getting a cheap beenie style swim one that can just stay in situ untill the end of the day, am also thinking this might look more natural when laid down.

Sorry haven't really helped just asked more questions x

NetteW
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hi Lolly

The first time I went on a sun holiday with a prothesis. I took two swimming, a weighted foam, plus my standard silicone form. A lot of extra baggage. The swim prothesis works as you can put it into your costume so you can dress and undress without fiddling. You can use your silicone swim form for everyday wear, but if you have a bean bag form it will need drying time. I like my weighted foam softy as it is comfy in the evening or in bed. What has change my life and perception of my prothesis is my contact form that sits on my skin and has made all the difference when excersising, playing with my grandchildren and just everyday living.

I have bought a special costume and I have got a special strappy vest top all great with my protheses. Most of all enjoy the summer and sun. I am careful with extra suncream following radiotherapy. You can get loads of help from the different suppliers, Nicola Jane, Amoena, Red Ribbon, Royce. The first two have excellent customer service, I have not contacted the last two.

Hope this helps Nette 

Kess
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

I went through airport security last month with my prosthesis. Was no issue at all I just went through the scanners.. I use a Nicola Jane foam prosthesis for swimming. It is fine.
lolly73
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Thanks for all ur replies. Charity11, glad to hear its not as bad as the fear! X

Charity11
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hi lolly

 

I am 53 had mx in July last year, chemo then rads which finished late January.  As a treat before returning to work this week went to Gran Canaria in February.  

 

I was anxious about airport security and body scanners but had no problems.

 

I bought a swim prosthesis from amoena in the sale (£45) and a mastectomy One piece costume, also in the sale.  I successfully went in the pool whilst away and felt quite confident that I looked fine, no drooping etc.

 

Some swimwear is as dear as the mastectomy ones in the sale. I also got a halter neck bandeau one on eBay for £19.99, it was a Nicola Jane one and looks great on and is not too low to show anything.

 

Hope this helps

 

Charity11

somerset
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hi

I have a couple of the Nicola Jane strappy summer tops with built in pocketed bras - as mentioned by Marie. Have found them really useful for summer or to wear underneath things. Nicola Jane also do lightweight foam swimming prostheses - I got some to wear for exercise rather than swimming but they are so comfortable I often wear them all the time instead of my silicone ones in summer. I find they are much better than silicone in hot weather. They are also inexpensive (although they also do the more expensive, heavier swim prostheses). As Marie says Nicola Jane are very helpful with telephone advice. Also if you can get to one of their shops I have found them really good about giving you a range of things to try on. If there is something on the website you are particularly interested in worth giving them a call before going to the shop as they will tell you if they have it in your size. Have a good holiday!

curvylady
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Hello,

I have had experience with the Aqua Wave Swimming prosthesis from Amoena.   I find it really works for me it is 30% lighter than my normal prosthesis and fits really well into my swimming costume.  I have been abroad several times and have never experienced any problems.  When the weather is really warm I have worn my softy prosthesis as this is really light and not so sweaty.  Good luck and enjoy your holiday x

Marie_
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

Nicola Jane do some vest tops with built in bra which I was thinking of trying.  They're very helpful there so perhaps worth a call for advice on swimming...

NAZ
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

I dont have any experience of prothesis as i have had reconsruction, but i have read that many ladies on here, use a really lightweight prothesis for the warm weather and also for swimming. Maybe also ask your BCN for her thoughts? Pretty sure there are prothesis to suit all activities and clothing..

 

Best of luck and enjoy your hols! 🙂

Lucy_BCC
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Hi lolly

The BCC booklet about prostheses may have some answers for you, here's the link:

http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/treatment-side-effects/confident-choice-breast-pros...

Take care
Lucy BCC

Ann_R
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Re: Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

I don't have personal experience, but I do know that you can get special swimming prosthesis. I think they are quite expensive though.

Ann

 

 

lolly73
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Sun, Sea ,Sand and....Prosthesis!

I am 41 and this will be my first summer with a prosthesis.

 

Anyone care to give their experiences with airport security (Europe), hot weather, swimming with the kids and summer clothing please?