Cancer Survivor Knits ‘Breasts’ for Mastectomy Patients

A cancer survivor is knitting artificial breasts for mastectomy survivors and now thousands are made each month. Barbara Demorest from Bellingham in Washington, USA, had her left breast removed after discovering she had cancer.

To return to normal life as quickly as possible, she planned to have a reconstruction immediately after surgery, but couldn’t due to complications. Devastated, she struggled to be in public and only left the house while wearing a loose-fitting jacket with a rolled-up sock in her bra.

She discovered ‘knitted knockers’ online and says her life changed when her friend lovingly made one for her.

Now Barbara's group alone distributes over a thousand knitted knockers a month, all over the world. They are one of a total of 250 groups in 15 countries, including the US and the UK.

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