Sunday, January 21, 2018

Living With One

Life with one breast is something I'm getting used to. 

My clothes hang differently now. 

The right side  of every outfit looks flat or even concave depending on what top I wearing. 

I'm not using a prothesis or planning on having reconstructive surgery. 

I've only recently started using my cross over the chest purse again.

It rubs against my scar which was very irritating. 

I bought a new swimsuit with a less revealing neckline. 

I've stuffed the right side with quilt batting. 

Sleeping on my right side causes my left breast to fall over to the right side and because there is no right breast to support it, I place a pillow against my chest to hold the left breast in place.

Running feels incredibly weird! I used to bounce equally, now I bounce lopsided. 

I tried on my bras and decided to forgo those forever. Tank tops with built in bras are far more comfortable and help keep the right nipple from rubbling against my shirts. 

On the very brightest side of having the mastectomy is that the tumour is no longer part of me! 

I thank God daily for that.  


  1. Some realistic insights into life with one breast. Thank you for your honesty. And I thank God that your tumor is no longer part of you.

    1. Thanks, Lorrie. Right from the start I wanted to share my breast cancer story as honestly as possible.

  2. Here you are. Telling it like it is, and still feeling thankful for the blessing you have of being tumour free. You are such a gift. Your truth. Your art.

    1. Aww thank you, Mary-Anne. That's very kind of you to say.

  3. This might sound weird, but you make me smile. And teach me. xo