Funny Things that Happen after a Mastectomy

These are the funniest things that have happened to me since my Mastectomy:

1)  First day of Radiation Therapy and Pat, a middle-age female Radiation Technician, took me back to the radiation room.  She told me to undress from the waist up which I did.  I put on a hospital gown, and in walks this handsome 40 something male.  Pat says, “Oh this is Brad.  He will be your other Rad Tech.”   Brad without missing a beat says, “Oops, you dropped something” and he points to the floor.  There was my foam boob lying on the middle of the radiation room floor.   While I was turning 50 shades of red, Brad says, “We see all kinds of things in the Radiation Room.”

On my last day of Radiation, after getting to know Pat and Brad quite well after 7 weeks of daily visits, Brad tells me he hopes I can control my foam boob in the future!

2)  I had spent the afternoon watching my niece’s then 9 month old darling baby girl, Kayla.  That night, I sat down to watch a little television.  As I did so, I felt something poking me under my prosthesis.    I reached down and there was Kayla’s pacifier which had lodged itself behind the prosthesis!  I had spent an hour earlier in the day looking for that thing!

3)  During Radiation, I could not wear a mastectomy bra because of the radiation burns.  I was walking into a rather nice restaurant to meet some friends.  All at once I felt something come out of the top of my blouse. My foam boob came popping out and was in full view of anyone who was watching!  From then on I used safety pins.

4)  I was at our family cottage sitting outside on lawn chairs with my sister and niece.  It was 100 degrees in Ohio on the 4th of July, so being in safe company, I reached down and pulled out my foam boob trying to cool off a bit. We were all talking and laughing.  Just then, my neighbor walked up, my nephews joined the group, and before I knew it, a crowd of people joined us.  I looked down and suddenly realized my foam boob was still lying on my lap in full view of everyone.  No one said a word, as I tried to nonchalantly push it back under my tank top!

Please check out this amazing pillow/seatbelt cover – I still use mine – so helpful if you had or are having any kind of breast surgery.  Click on image!





  1. Love your sense of humor and think your LHJ article was terrific! Am new at this with first chemo of 4 tomorrow. A month out from a single mastectomy and am also putting off making any decision about reconstruction. You came through so much treatment and are still smiling- that is so encouraging. Thanks for sharing your story and humor with us.

  2. My humorous story: I was diagnosed in Feb. 2016 with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, I decided to get a second opinion on treatment options at a cancer center. My daughter, who lives in a neighboring state was going to drive me to the appointment. As my daughter explained to her children that she would be gone all the next day in order to drive me to an appointment regarding my cancer treatment, Her son, age 8, piped up, “You mean she STILL HAS THAT?” I guess when you are 8, being sick for even a week is a long time.

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