The Amazon Breast Nest — A Home for Breast Forms & Wigs
We have added a new service for women who experience breast surgery or chemotherapy thanks to the McLean Foundation and the commitment of warmline volunteer Mie Matsumoto. The Amazon Breast Nest closet contains breast forms, bras and other accessories for mastectomies and lumpectomies. It is now possible for a woman to become acquainted with options in a private setting either prior to or after surgery - allowing her the opportunity to learn what makes her most comfortable. Because breast forms come in many styles and shapes it is very helpful to try different options before making a choice. Mie, who attended a workshop to learn more about how assist women, says "I'm thrilled to be able to help in this way and welcome requests for assistance."-
The closet also includes wigs for women experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy. We are grateful to Cate Holm and the wonderful staff at Kalos Salon in Arcata for their efforts to shampoo, cut, style and care for the wigs. Anyone who chooses to use one of these wigs is invited to have it cared for by the Kalos team at no cost.
The majority of the breast forms and wigs have been donated by the American Cancer Society and by the women of our community, and we continue to welcome donations. We will do our best to meet the needs of those without insurance coverage. For women who have insurance (including Medicare and MediCal) the cost of at least one breast form and two bras per year is generally covered, and we can help with referrals to local fitters as well as informational materials and catalogs. Our goal is for every woman to have access to options, and to find the one that makes her the most comfortable in her changed body.
Others who participated in this project include Robert Thoman our carpenter, Harriet Watson, Barb Sage, Dawn Elsbree, and many women who donated breast forms and wigs. Feel free to stop by and have a look.
Questions and Comments
For questions and comments about our breast forms and wigs, please call us at (707) 825-8345.