An Australian design for a cushion to ease the pain of women who have had mastectomies is now being made by volunteers around the world, including a team in Rockhampton turning out 120 a year.
Members of the Zonta Club of Rockhampton, Australia, get together regularly to sew breast care cushions, which are distributed free to women in the region who have had surgery as part of breast cancer treatment.
The club's service chair, Berenice Payne, said the cushions were designed to be worn under the arm on the affected side, protecting the scar from accidental bumps and relieving pressure from sources such as bedclothes and seatbelts.
"It helps to take away the discomfort and helps them sleep more easily, and they use them also driving in the car because it keeps the seatbelt from putting any pressure on the breast," Ms Payne said.
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