Do you know someone facing an upcoming mastectomy, and you’re not sure what you should do for them? Today I’m sharing a great idea…a Mastectomy Care Kit! This practical gift packed with items to help them after surgery will show them just how much you care. Let me share with you the 10 essential items you should include in your kit. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, her surgeon immediately scheduled her for a mastectomy. She had less than three weeks to get prepared for surgery, which flew by very quickly. It was hard for her to get everything she needed while she was going to doctor appointments, talking with the insurance company, getting the house in order, etc., all while coming to terms with her diagnosis. I wanted to give her something special that would help her through her surgery and recovery, so I decided to make her a Mastectomy Care Kit. I bought a bright pink bag, did some research online, and stuffed the bag with some items I purchased. These items were very useful to her, so I thought I would share this list of 10 items with you today. I hope this will assist you in helping someone else who is scheduled for a mastectomy. Ready for the list? Here goes!
- Throat Drops-During surgery, a tube is inserted down the throat for anesthesia. This can make the throat dry and sore, and throat drops can really help soothe the irritation. These Luden’s Wild Cherry Sugar Free Throat Drops worked great.
- Lip Balm-Chapped lips is another side effect from surgery, so a good lip balm is a must.
- Cleansing Wipes-It will be awhile before she can take a shower, and cleansing wipes can help her feel clean and fresh during this time. These Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes are a great option and smell so good!
- Dry Shampoo-Since showering is off limits for awhile, dry shampoo can really help her feel cleaner. I’ve tried many brands, but Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo is still my favorite.
- Neck Pillow-She may have to sleep on her back or sitting up for awhile, and a neck pillow will support her neck and prevent any neck pain. This neck pillow is super cute, and comes in many different colors!
- Bendable Straws-She will need to stay hydrated, and these will help her drink liquids while resting in bed.
- Slipper Socks-These will come in handy in the hospital, keeping her feet warm and keeping her from slipping while walking on the bare floors. She’ll enjoy these at home, too!
- Button up Shirts-Button up shirts will be needed since she may have trouble lifting her arms above her head after surgery. This will help her get dressed much easier. You can also buy stretchable tanks/tees that can be stepped into and slipped up the body. I found my mom some great stretchable tanks at Kmart on clearance that worked like a charm!
- Small pillows that fit under the arm-Small pillows are a must have item, to help prop up the arms to relieve pain and discomfort. We were very fortunate that a wonderful group of ladies in our area make and donate special pillows for this purpose to the hospital to be given to breast cancer patients. These were a huge blessing to her!
- Magazines/Books-Like any surgery, there will be a period of recovery time and she’ll need to rest. Magazines and books are a great way to help pass time as she recovers.
Do you know someone facing mastectomy surgery? Why not show your support by making a care package of your own for her? Do you know of any additional items that could be included? If so, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment. Remember that although these 10 items will definitely help her during her surgery and recovery, it’s your love and prayers that will matter the most to her.