According to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, there are more than 275,000 breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. each year. Many of us choose mastectomies to fight the cancer that has invaded our bodies, and some of us choose preventative mastectomies to reduce the risk of diagnosis.
Our goal as a company is to help those who have lost one or both breasts to feel whole again.
I was diagnosed, like so many millions of others, with breast cancer in August of 2016. I started 6 months of chemo in September, had a bilateral mastectomy in February 2017 and decided not to reconstruct. I thought I would enjoy being flat chested, but it bothered me more than I thought it would. I searched the internet looking for a solution that I could afford and that would be easy to deal with. I didn't like any of it and for the first time since diagnosis, I was really feeling down.
I went to my sewing machine one Saturday to sew and the thought struck me to try to make some forms. The first set I made were a little rough but I loved them!
Through trial and error, I created a pattern and researched fillers that would be affordable, durable, and the desired weight. Busties Breast Forms was born because we know there are countless women out there that are unhappy with the prosthetics we have available to us. We've ended up dealing with and settling for discomfort. It's our wish for you to try these forms and it's our hope that you will love them as much as we do.
We Love What We Do
My sisters and I grew up in a small town in west Texas. We played outside, swam in the lake, rode the bus an hour to school, and we sewed. We're not sure how old we were when we started, but we think it was around 4th grade. Time progressed and we each became skilled seamstresses. The correct term now, however, is sewist. There are still plenty of us out there but it's not like it used to be. Like most things, fabric prices have skyrocketed. It's usually cheaper to buy readymade clothes these days than to make your own.
My twin sister and I are glad we were taught the skills to be able to make these forms for those who need them. We've made around 600 to date and plan on making many more.