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Hi Esme,

Glad you enjoyed your swim! I've been a few times so far and it feels so good after the first 3 or 4 lengths which hurt a lot! After the first time, I was awake most of the night, my whole body ached! I also use the sauna and steam room and after I've been in them and had swims in between, all my joint pains have disappeared - for a few hours anyway! I was a bit self conscious to start with as I only have about 1/4 inch of hair but how great it is not to have to worry about drying it afterwards. I'm tempted to keep it very short!

Hope you continue to enjoy the swimming and that things are going well for you.

Dacia x

Esme
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Hi Everyone,

Well, at last I've done it! I went swimming yesterday and had a fab time! Wore the 'softee' as most of you suggested and no major mishaps. I know it seems daft to have been so anxious and I just want to say a big 'thank you' to everyone for being so supportive.
My day was so lovely. A friend treated me to a day at center parcs. First we spent hours in the Aqua Sana which was brill as the steam rooms really helped my bad chest, then we went to the pool and I even did the rapids and didn't leave my boob behind!
Thank you again. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Love Esme x
Oh no! Cat's just eaten my special K while Ive been writing this!

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Hi

I started swimming again 2 weeks ago, used to go 2 or 3 times a week before treatment started so it was great to get back in the pool, felt lovely! I'm just wearing my usual swimsuits, I didn't have a mastectomy, just a WLE and node clearance but am left with one breast about 2 sizes smaller than the other. I don't think it's too noticeable though, anyway I expect people are too busy looking at my lack of hair! I did feel self conscious about that to start with then I thought what the heck, no one bats an eyelid at bald men so they can get used to me. I'm actually "suede head" now as the hair has started growing again, but is all grey. One big problem I have is that when I've been swimming, I'm awake all night with all my joints and muscles aching, I get that anyway but worse after swimming!

Keep on swimming!

Dae x

ajaytee
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Hi
I have gone back to weekly swimming as I hope it is helping with some post chemo and mx aches and pains in my arms and chest. I bought from Nicola Jane and got a swimsuit and cheap foam swimming prosthesis. Turns out to be just the same as the softie I was given in hospital! Still, I put it in the pocket of the swimsuit and am really pleased with the effect - in and out of the water. I have quite small breasts - don't know if that makes it easier.

Enjoy your swimming.

Joss

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I like amoena and Lands End also does nice swimwear!

Esme
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the replies, it's a great help! The 'softee' sounds like a good idea, think I might try it out in the bath first. Not that my bath is that big! But just to get it wet and see what happens.
I hate having such a lack of confidence, I used to swim 4 or 5 times a week but you girls are great at giving people good advice and inspiration! Am hoping to go swimming on Thurs evening with a friend, will let you know how it goes!

Thank you, Love,
Esme x

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Evans, not just for bigger girls! I got myself a new swimsuit Yay! not exotic fashion but decent and flattering, it has inbuilt support and high edges to hold your prosthesis although not actually pocketed. Im actually quite looking forward to the water again now.

Everton_babe
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Hi everybody
Re prosthesis-I bought a swim one from amoena, but at £35, and I dont think it looks right as the 'other side' is flatter due to less support than bra. Tried it out when away for weekend where no-one knew me and it stayed in place !!!!
Good idea to try the 'softee' -Ill give it a try.
I found some georgeous undies and swimwear in 'about the girl' website-not cheap, but lovly!!!

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Hi Esme, Like Julie,I have been swimming with the soft sponge boob that the ward sister gave me to come home with.I just tucked it in the pocket of my M & S MX cozzy and it stayed put really well. As I climbed up the steps of the pool,I sort of squashed all the water out of it with my arm and I felt really confident that no-one could tell. Happy swimming, love Mags x

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Hi Esme,

When I was swimming after my mastectomy, I used one of the soft prostheses that had been given to me before the silicone one. I felt the full silicone one was quite heavy and also didn't match very well as my other breast was flatter in a swimsuit than in a more supportive bra, and I could easily remove some of the padding until I was happy with the shape. This worked very well for me - I actually used to leave the padding in the swimsuit all the time including washing, so it was easy and always ready.

I was also less worried this way - as most of my swimming was in the sea, I had this (irrational I know) fear that if I used my precious real prosthesis, it would somehow drop out and fall to the bottom of the ocean!

Hope this helps,
Julie
x

Esme
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Hi,

Not sure where to post this so decided this looks like the best place!

The thing is, I bought a nice new swimming cotume at the weekend and really want to get back to swimming as I used to love it. The costume comes up quite high so covers all my scars and I've sewn in a pocket for the prosthesis, but I still feel that everyone will know or the prothesis will droop lower than my other breast.
I'm just been stupid really, but could anyone else who swims with a prosthesis let me know how they get on. Just need a bit of encouragement!
Thanks, Esme x

Divvy1
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Hi Sandra

There is a website called scarfhut & the velour turbans are great. Only thing apart from my wig that I've ever been seen in public with. Great choice of colours too. I did buy one of their scarves also,(with butterfies on), but it wasn't very comfortable to be honest. However it was reduced so I didn't mind too much.

belinda
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Hi, I have some of these hats and scarves in a drawer ready for when I eventually lose my hair. http://www.suburbanturban.co.uk
Accessorize do some nice hats and scarves too.

sandra4
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Does anyone know a good website for the purchase of hats, scarves and anything else l may need, when l start my chemo. would really like to start getting ready for the loss of my hair! Probably wont be starting chemo until April, as my operation is due on 15th March. l so want to be in control, at the moment it is impossible, but l keep trying
Love
Sandra xxx

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Hi Laura
I too have found some nice swimwear from Amoena, Nicola Jane and Eloise.

Not sure if you are in a health scheme but thought it might be worth mentioning that if you're in Westfield Health Scheme you can claim back 70 percent of the cost of mastectomy wear (including swimwear). This is only any use if you were in the scheme before having your mastectomy though.

Good luck,
Awadan
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elinda45
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Hi Laura

I've just got a swimsuit from Nicola Jane. I've had a double mastectomy and wanted something quite high both on the chest area and under arms. I'm 5 ft 8 so I went for one of the longer length ones - they have two styles like this which are aimed at those over 5ft 7. I have to day though it wasn't cheap at £39 but I love swimming.

good luck in finding something.
elinda x

sue987
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Hi Laura,

Marks and spencer do quite a few at a reasonable price, i have just bought two. Tried amoena but found they came up a bit small on sizing and more expensive.Sue

jackiek55
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Hi Laura

Have you tried Nicola Jayne or Eloise yet? They both sell specialist swimwear and often have some fairly reasonable items in their sale. I've just got my third one from Nicola Jayne, only cost £19.00 and has pockets on both sides.

Hope you find something soon.

Jackie xx

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swimwear

hi as any one found any good biknis or swimwear for mx plp i have ordered a few but cant seem to find any thing im happy with as most are low cut i can only wear mx bras with the lace above many thanks laura