Found one, and thanks!

Remember my recent post about looking for an iPad that could download and save some online classes for me? I think I had a few hundred people looking, lol… but everyone can stop now. Just found a great deal on one after someone sent me a link and have bought it. Should be working with my classes within the next couple of weeks if I can figure the thing out, lol…. (I’m very confident with Android, so this will be a whole new thing to learn, but I’m sure it’ll be fun. Well, after I stop beating my head against the wall and muttering , “Why, oh why, is technology not EASIER!”) Ha! 🙂

There’s a sale afoot!

Just noticed an email from Genie, there’s a sale on all their summer colors (15 colors!) for $9 each!  WITH FREE SHIPPING, too!   I have so many colors already that I may not order this time, but it’s an awesome deal and these work great for those of us with mastectomy who wear microbead breast forms, and especially well for those of us whose regular bras ride up because there’s NO problem of that with a Genie cami-shaper.  They are made with a ‘pocket’ built in, to hold the triangle shape modesty pads that they come with, and I’ve always been able to push my own size XL microbead breast forms inside them without having to cut the pocket’s opening any larger.  I still urge people to get at least one or two sizes larger than you think you need because in your true size they are very snug, as in ‘being hugged by a python’ snug, and that could cause swelling in your arm where lymph nodes were removed.  My own size should be L, or maybe XL, but I get 2X and love it!  Because of worries about lymphedema issues when we wear too-tight items, I’d never wear one for shaping, but even the ones I get a couple sizes larger still do shape up my tummy a bit.  Be aware that often a LOT of people order during their sales so sometimes it takes weeks and weeks for them to get to everyone, and occasionally they make a color mistake.  I recently ordered the ‘hula blue’ and got a green instead, so I emailed them about it and they sent another one to me for free…and…you guessed it…it was green again, sigh…..  BUT, I’d say that about 98% of the time, they’d get a five star review from me.  For savings like this and free shipping, an occasional color mistake or long shipping time is still worth it.  If you want any though, look at their website fast because they are already running out of some color/size combinations, sigh…  If you don’t know where their website is, it’s at this link:

Genie sale!

Hi Folks!  I try to let everyone know when there’s something usable for mastectomy at a good price.  Since I’m signed up for emails from the Genie bra site, today looks like a winner!  Their Milana Wireless Lace Cami Bra is on sale, any 3 for $29.95 with free shipping if you use the code LOVE10 at checkout. I’ve not tried the Milana bra myself, but for those of you who don’t want to try the Genie Cami-shaper like I prefer, because you want something more like a regular bra, you might like this one.  It has lace across the top so it can also work as a cami worn under scooped necklines, and also has the pockets in it where you put modesty pads.   If you’re wearing microbead breast forms, the Milana should likely work.

With the long Cami-Shapers that go all the way down to the hips, I always order them in at least one size larger than I’d normally wear so that the top won’t be so tight because after mastectomy, we don’t want to run the risk of lymphedema and any body shapers can press too much unless you use a larger size.  I’d imagine that the bras are probably the same, so be sure to give yourself some comfort as you do not need that extreme tightness once you’re dealing with mastectomy forms anyway.

My email said that the sale is only good for 3 days, so check it out soon while there’s LOTS of colors and sizes hopefully still in stock.  (Beautiful colors, by the way!)  Remember to use the code so you get the lower price and free shipping, too… you will probably see the lower price in the next window after you click on any of the bras pictured on the link below.  In case you’re wondering, I don’t get ANYTHING from Genie for posting about these…I’ve just bought their products online and found them to be way better in quality and price than almost anything else that’s really made for mastectomy.  To go to the website, here’s the address:!+Buy+3+Bras+Save+%2415.+Euro-Style+Bra+by+Genie!

Slight increase in price for microbead breast forms….

Well folks, it’s that time of year again, when we add up receipts and figure costs of manufacturing something, and discover that when we weren’t looking, prices went up!

This year, I had noticed that once I added more sizes of microbead forms, particularly larger ones, and more customizations that could be added so that people with single side mastectomy or implant problems could also be served, suddenly I was ordering a LOT more microbeads than usual.  In the medium range sizes, I can make several from a bag, but in the larger sizes, I can only make one or two orders sometimes, so… that also meant that fabric didn’t go as far, so I was ordering up to 50% more, and..well… way it goes.

When making these starts cutting into my own budget, I have to make some changes, so this time, it’s $4 per pair for the increase.  It should have gone into effect on January 1st, but I’ve been running behind with everything while being stuck either in bed or a wheelchair while recovering from some ankle injuries.  Seriously, you’d have fallen over laughing to watch me sometimes, lol…but where there’s a will, there’s a way!  Propped my feet up and went right on sewing.  :^)

Are you wondering why a few microbeads more or less make a difference?  Well, it doesn’t actually START there.  It starts with things like having to keep 3 sizes of shipping bags in stock to accommodate the increase in sizes, plus triple the bubble wrap, plus a LOT of printer ink for the shipping labels, higher internet costs, two sewing machine repair/upgrades, finding better thread that costs 60% more but doesn’t jam machines, extra fabric for the additional layers in the customizations for the stretchy-back forms, keeping stocked with the really GOOD fabric that wears well, switching to a better type of lining, paying for upgrading the website to make it easier to read for all the thousands of mobile users that are now logging on (sometimes reading on their phones while having chemo…), the PayPal costs to process credit payments and…then… there’s the microbeads that went up in price and don’t go on sale as often.  To top it all off, many who use UPS to ship to me, increased their shipping to cover their increased costs.  So…yeah… is it any wonder that I don’t realize how great the cost of doing this is until once a year after all the receipts are tallied?  lol… Yep, knew you’d understand.  :^)

Normally, I try to absorb the extra costs for as long as possible, but this past fall, we had a little money problem ourselves.  Wait’ll you hear THIS craziness!  After getting insurance to help with putting a new roof, as well as some help from family, we went to a local company we trusted to ask for recommendations for roofers.  To make a long story short, the counter-guy was part of a team of ‘less than talented or honest roofers’, who proceeded to take us for almost $8,000, and left us a roof barely attached.  It was a metal roof, with very few screws, NO mastic sealing anywhere, no vapor barrier, and on the back half of the house, they didn’t even put on the insulation we’d been charged for, they just tacked on little strips around the edges so we’d THINK it was up there, so… rain sounded like a steel drum, sigh…

They didn’t even use the right kind of screw guns, so they put the screws in either crooked or totally missing the strips they were screwing to, or put them in so tightly that they broke the rubber washers on the screws, so they leaked.  It was AWFUL…. leaky, unsafe, not to even begin to describe how terrible it looked from the ground.  We had to remove it within days, or risk the entire thing blowing off and harming someone.  Thank God we did, because when we went to lift off the boards they’d nailed down to screw the roofing panels to, we found they lifted off easily by hand because because of the wrong type nails being used.  One hard wind, and our roof would have been lifted completely off, landing on who knows who in our neighborhood.

We had to start over and  buy all new materials AGAIN since they’d damaged the previous ones so badly.  Essentially, we had to put on two complete roofs within weeks.  Thankfully, a nephew experienced in roofing had mercy on us and painstakingly removed and repaired the damage the bogus roofers did, then installed a BEAUTIFUL strong roof that should last 75 years.  He did it alone, single handed, in between his own family life and work, having to take a couple months to repair the damage the four or five bad guys did in a week.  And STILL, he totally put on a new beautiful long lasting roof.

Though it was the most expensive few months of our lives, and we’ll never financially recover from it, we try to see the good that came from it.  We ended up with a far better and more beautiful roof than we ever could have had if we’d hired a good local company to come repair and replace it all, because our nephew wanted us to have something extra good to help us get over having such a horribly devastating thing happen.  We got to know and appreciate him a lot more fully as he frequently stayed with us for a week or two at a time to get the work finished before winter rains could come.  My husband and I grew to totally adore that young man and we miss him when he’s not here…trying our best to convince he and his wonderful family to move here permanently, and we look forward to every visit.

The bad part is that now, after having to replace the roof twice like that, we can’t afford to completely repair the interior ceiling areas left damaged and can’t afford to replace the flooring.  We’d planned to take up the carpet and put down hard flooring in case we got to the point of needing wheelchairs again.  And…wait for it…DURING all this with the roof?  I acquired wounds to both ankles from crawling through my best friend’s window when she locked herself out of the house, and the doc said my ankles wouldn’t heal unless I stayed in bed with elevated feet and used the wheelchair when getting around.  You can’t make this stuff up, folks, lol… when life happens, it HAPPENS!  Sure could have used those hard floors while in the wheelchair.  I’m hoping to be out of this wheelchair for good soon, as I’m considerably improved and can maybe see the end of weekly visits to the wound center within another month or two.

We’ll repair the damage to those ceilings a little at a time, maybe even eventually get to replace the carpets with hard flooring a room at a time as we can afford it, and someday things will get done, but…well… going to have to use all our own money toward that from month to month as we live on a fixed income.  That keeps me from having extra money to take up the slack when making microbead forms for my non-sewing website readers, no matter how much I love doing it.  And all that, my dear readers, is why I’ve increased the cost of making the microbead breast forms for you by four dollars a pair.    Kinda seems cheap, now, doesn’t it?  lol… I guess it’s all in knowing ‘the rest of the story’.  :^)

A rare sighting, but a must-have for mastectomy survivors!

OK girls…I know, I know, it doesn’t take much to get me all excited about potential mastectomy clothing, but just today at Walmart I saw a rack of stretch lace long sleeved tops (made like snug tee shirts) for about $9.99 and thoroughly meant to go back and buy one for myself but forgot, silly me!  Why on earth would I WANT a see-through lace tee-shirt, you may well ask?  WELL, good question.

A few years back when investigating ways for us with mastectomy scars to still wear garments with deeper necklines and armholes, I saw long sleeved stretch lace tops on a mastectomy site, made to wear under everything from daytime garments to very dressy evening wear.  They were quite expensive, but an awesome idea, and would let us wear almost anything we did before mastectomy without showing off our scars or the hollow area in our upper chest wall above our breast forms.  Yes, you can see a bit of skin through the airy stretch lace, but it camouflages the little scars and such, and the lace sleeves even make lymphedema less noticeable in an arm.

Now get this….the ones I saw  today looked almost EXACTLY like the expensive version! Normally, just the lace yardage would cost triple the price, so these are a steal.  I only saw them in black, but there may be more colors.  They would be awesome under ANYTHING, even swimsuits (worn either under or over).  So, if you have been driving yourself bonkers trying to find a dress for some special occasion and found them ALL too revealing, grab your keys and fly off to Wally-World quickly before the stretch lace tops are all gone!  If your store doesn’t have them, keep checking, as I’ve found that not all stores have the same items at the same time. But please… be a peach & leave one in size XL for me, OK?  Thanks!

Happy New Year to all of my friends! The 2014/2015 update:

Sending best wishes for a Happy New Year to all of my MastectomySolutions friends! May we all have a safe and healthy 2015. Love and hugs to everyone!  Remember, every year brings us both happiness and heartache, but we can choose to remember the good parts and work on making the difficulties better. Life is pretty much what we make of it once we get beyond the parts we have no control over. Let’s take control.

I choose to look forward with joy to the new year, surely it’ll be better than the past one, lol…  Those of you who correspond regularly, know that I’ve been sidelined for a few months in a wheelchair and/or bed-rest (nothing terrible, just some annoying minor ankle problems that required a lot of resting and elevating the ol’ tootsies to heal) but I’ve kept the website going and hope to see it grow with more info this coming year.  I’m still sewing almost daily, making microbead breast forms for everyone possible, just at a slightly slower speed,.. occasionally taking from 2 days up to a week before yours is sewn and shipped.  You’re in my prayers, and I’d appreciate being in yours, that I can be up and walking regularly within another few weeks.  You won’t believe the plans I have for the website this year, but it would go much faster if I were in the upright and locked position, lol…  That’s it for 2014, tomorrow morning is 2015, let’s get going!


Three new sizes just added!

Hello friends!  Just today realized that I’d not yet added two sizes that I’d been making for a while for people who asked… the size 3XSmall and the size 6XLarge, which have both turned out to be oft-needed sizes.  Usually I quietly make new sizes for people who ask, test them out for awhile, and if it’s right, then they get added to the website.  These should have been there awhile ago, so I’m sorry for the delay.  Someone just ordered a size 7XL so I decided to go ahead and put that one online and available as well.  Haven’t yet added the newest patterns for those who may want to sew them, not enough time today, but will get around to it as soon as I can.  Right now, am too busy sewing microbead forms for everyone in between taking care of hubby and the house.

So, for those of you who have been waiting for more sizes, they are now here!  I’ve ALSO redone the size chart a little bit so that maybe it’s somewhat easier to read and to see the progression of the sizes for the microbead forms as the bra size goes up or down.  You may notice SOME bra sizes that are not common, but the chart makes more sense when as many as possible are shown.  If your size isn’t shown for some reason, you’ll now be able to see the progression and be able to find the closest size to what you need.  You can view the new chart here: and if there’s a size you need, go to the ‘Items for Sale’ page here:  items-for-sale.php to order.  As of today, I only have one more pair to make, so I’m keeping up pretty well most of the time.

That brings it up to a grand total of 13 sizes available, in 3 colors (light nude and dark nude/tan, and also in a matte black that matches black bras and swimsuit linings).  There’s always further customizations to make them fit better for those with unilateral as well as for those with bilateral mastectomy.  As long as my hands and eyesight will work well enough to do this, will keep making them and posting more info to the website.  If you see mistakes, by the way, would surely appreciate your pointing them out, because every time I look at it, I find SOMETHING more that I’d not noticed.  Helps to have fresh eyes look so that my embarrassing misspellings and any dead links can be found and corrected.

Remember, if you’re not sure, you can always write to me and I’ll look up your size and see if it matches something I already make, and if it doesn’t, I may be able to draft a new pattern for your size and do it anyway.  That’s the beauty of being one woman sitting at home with my sewing machine, and not having to only make sizes that fit ‘most’ people, and being able to do this to help other surivors, not a business.  I can make any size for anyone at any time, and add customizations to make it fit even better when needed, so there’s no reason for anyone to have to be uncomfortable with Silicone forms this summer or any time.

Mary :^)