As many know, Second Life resident LyricWinterwolf Composer is a breast cancer survivor. Today Lyric shares with us a project she is involved with making mastectomy pillows, or as they have been renamed “Comfort Cushions”, that she became involved with following her own surgery.
Here is Lyric’s story:
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, my surgeon directed me to a local charity that supplied useful items to newly diagnosed cancer patients. To my surprise, this organization provided me with one of their “goody bags”. This little treasure trove contained informational pamphlets, books, a day planner to help keep up with appointments and a little rectangle pillow.
The curious side of me asked what the pillow was for and I was told to cushion my chest from the seat belt once I had surgery. I thought to myself, “Wow, I never would have thought of that.”
The small pillow was appreciated greatly but unfortunately was not much help. A year or so after my mastectomy and reconstruction I ran across a “how to” video on Facebook for a post mastectomy pillow.
I was fascinated. My thought was “Wow…if only I had one or two of those when I had my mastectomy and what a wonderful way for me to give back to the organization that helped me” and my Mastectomy pillow fund was off and running.
I set up a GoFundMe, downloaded the free pattern and was off. The count so far is over 300 pillows, complete with pillow shams and an elastic strap. Donations have been received in monetary form, donated material, pillow filling and elastic. Second Life has provided multiple friends and family that have shipped several boxes of material that have made a lot of the donations possible.
If you would like to learn to make Mastectomy pillows to donate to your local hospital or breast cancer survivor group, you can learn how to here:
Print instructions- http://sewveryeasy.com/helping-hearts-pillow.pdf
Video instructions- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z072j-_S1d4
If you would like to support Lyric’s Mastectomy Pillows (Comfort Cushions) project with a monetary donation you can visit her GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/MastectomyPillows
If you would like more information or to donate materials for the pillows directly to Lyric, please contact LyricWinterwolf Composer inworld via notecard.