My sister underwent a preventative double mastectomy a week ago today. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who showed support and love to her during this time. She is healing really well, and we’re all so thankful for that! To update y’all a bit more, she decided to go above the muscle with her implants. This (generally speaking) makes for a slightly easier recovery than going under the muscle like I did – and to each their own! She is able to move around the house and continues to do things like read, paint and talk to her boys on FaceTime who are visiting their grandmother in Mississippi 🙂 I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was putting together a care package for Lauren and asked if I should share. Y’all said a resounding YES, and I’m more than happy to show the items I included. Some are functional while others are more fun, make-you-smile kind of gifts!
Before surgery day, invest in oversized button-down shirts and button-down PJs. Why button-downs? You won’t be able to raise your arms after surgery, so being able to slip into a shirt is key. While cozy button-downs like these Splendid PJs will make you as comfortable as possible in the days post-surgery. This washable silk sleep mask is a great addition, too!
One of the most functional gifts I received during my mastectomy experience wer two little pink bolster pillows to go under my arms. Because you can only sleep on your back propped up on pillows, you’ll need something to support your arms at night.
I was told to wear a compression bra a little over a week out from surgery. This helps with support and to cut down on fluid output (and helps get those pesky drains out sooner!). Some surgeons recommend a sports bra or a non-underwire bra with a hook and eye front closure, rather than a pullover style or back closure. The above bra isn’t compression, but I was able to wear it a few months out from surgery and adore the buttery softness!
If the hospital doesn’t give you a waist apron post-surgery, buy one. I know some people like to pin their drains onto their shirt or even buy the robes with drain belts, but I went old school and got the apron.
Hygiene is hard. I’m not going to sugar coat it. This is when you need a true friend who will lather you up in soap and wash your oily hair OR just cover your head in Living Proof dry shampoo. Another God send are Simple Facial Wipes for easy cleaning – lifesavers throughout the whole process.
I can’t remember what store I found these in, but I bought them a few months ago when I laid eyes on them. They’re SO fun, and I found them on Amazon 🙂
Artist Julie Ann has some badass pieces that will undoubtedly put a smile on every recipient that receives her stuff. From clever pencils to boob wrapping paper and boob makeup bags, she covers it all!
How GORG is this ceramic pot?! It came to me from Wisteria Lane as a gift to my sister, and I was blown away (and so badly wanted to keep it…but I did no such thing!). This floral design studio also sells the most ADORABLE gift boxes full of the cutest goodies that would put a smile on anyone’s face 🙂
A gift is never complete without a heartfelt note! I loved the design on this one – how could you not?! It’s blank inside, perfect for your beautiful words of encouragement and empowerment!