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Cassandra BurrellBy Cassandra Burrell
First created
Cassandra BurrellBy Cassandra Burrell
First created
CA$ 1,746
pledged of CA$ 10,000pledged of CA$ 10,000 goal
13
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 13 2018 7:18 PM UTC +00:00

About

In 2017, on average, 72 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer every day. 

Two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Breast cancer. She made the decision to have a double mastectomy. Before the surgery, she was told where to go to get fitted for a post mastectomy bra. She was also told where to go to get prostheses. Where are the options to not wear a bra and just be comfortable in your new body? 

When she was in the hospital, recovering from surgery, she had to wear the hospital gowns. After a double mastectomy, it is very painful to reach over head or around to the back. I made her a robe to wear in the hospital that was in soft, comfortable fabric that tied in the front. She was so happy with the robe, she wore it after, while she was home and recovering. This made me think, how can I better this design? 

I started to research post mastectomy brands that catered to women that did not want to wear a prosthesis. Turns out, this is extremely rare in Canada! Amoena is the largest Canadian brand catering to post mastectomy, and the company that the doctor's office recommended to my mother before her surgery. Women are told before they have the operation where to buy bras and prosthesis, so they can feel "back to themselves" immediately after. Why can’t women embrace their new bodies confidently? 

By backing this campaign, you are bringing comfort and confidence to women immediately after surgery. 

Risks and challenges

I will make two designs to provide breast cancer survivors with the option to feel comfortable and confident. I will make one robe for immediate use after the surgery and a tank in bamboo fabric for months after the operation.

With the funding, I will be making samples of these two designs. I have circulated a survey for breast cancer patients to fill out. You can find the surveys here;
Pre Surgery - https://goo.gl/forms/5MDtvAVKWHiovZUT2
Post Surgery - https://goo.gl/forms/7JEuEMHfD3obGGD92

I will be giving those women that answered the survey a sample of both designs to wear, and provide feedback. If they do not like the design, I will keep perfecting it until they do. This could add a few months to the overall timeline each time I need to redesign. Once I perfect the designs, I will take them, plus the feedback to hospitals, where I will sell them. This will happen over the next 6 months - 1 year.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $149

    Shauna Tee

    The Shauna Tee is made of 95% Bamboo and 5% Spandex. Bamboo keeps you cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. It is odor repellent and moisture wicking. This top is one size and works well for anyone size 0 - 12. The Shauna Tee will come in black. This fabric is the soft, comfortable bamboo the post mastectomy clothing will be made in.

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    Post Mastectomy Robe

    Post Mastectomy Robe. This Robe is specifically designed for immediately after surgery. Made of 95% bamboo and 5 % spandex, it is very soft but heavy enough to not lose its shape. The robe will come in black. It will have pockets on the inside to hold drainage tubes or other necessities. There will be no seams under the arm to ensure total comfort.

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