By Elizabeth Silver
My personal journey began when I was faced with radiotherapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer. I created a cushioned sling to minimize the burning side effects on the skin beneath my breast. It was remarkably effective. I realize that skin types vary, but other than my skin becoming slightly darkened, I had virtually no other side effects. No burns, no chafing. The wicking fabric prevented accumulation of perspiration and the soft cushions protected my skin from the abrasion of skin to skin contact. With the support of my doctors, I tested this device with several other women undergoing radiation, and they too reported significantly minimized and/or delayed skin reactions.
Encouraged by this success, I determined to develop the products further to bring them to market so more women could find relief and protection while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. We found the softest fabrics to provide the most effective cushion to cradle and protect the skin; we found equally soft straps and made them fully adjustable so there would be no undue pressure on sore areas beneath the breast. We are very proud of the results.
Our product was launched in the fall of 2014, and the feedback we have received has exceeded our expectations with women reporting to us that “The sling saved the day.” and “I found instant relief where I didn’t even realize that I needed it”.
Exciting news! BreastComfort is delighted to announce that we have begun 2016 with a new partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation –the highest-rated breast cancer charity in the nation. We are proud to donate 5% of every sale to the BRCF. The BreastComfort logo will be featured on BCRF’s website at: www.bcrfcure.org/partners. It is deeply gratifying to be associated with such an outstanding organization in the fight against this terrible disease.
About the author:
Elizabeth Silver is a cancer survivor, and founder of BreastComfort, Cushioned Slings for Sensitive Skin.