When I was first diagnosed, the prognosis changed my life for it exposed me to the privilege of ignorance. Ignorance about the importance of breast cancer awareness. Ignorance of the effect breast cancer has on women. Learning that I may have to undergo a mastectomy made me realize how much I identified my feminity, my dignity, my worth as a woman with my body.
When women undergo a mastectomy (removal of entire breast) for treatment of Breast Cancer, some opt to have reconstructive surgery (if they can afford it), and others rely on artificial breast prostheses which is normally worn over ones’ own chest to enhance the overall size of the breast and to create a fuller appearance. It can be worn with a regular bra or a post-mastectomy bra. They could be made of silicon or a simple knitted alternative that is low cost and easier to maintain.
Luckily I did not have to undergo a mastectomy, but in my interaction with women who had the procedure done to save their lives I realised that not only is breast reconstruction an option a majority of women in Uganda cannot afford, there is also no known local provider in the country to make and provide breast prostheses, a fact that makes the lives of ordinary women post breast cancer somewhat difficult. I did find out, however, that the Uganda Cancer Society (through Cancer Aid Organization) occasionally freely provides knitted breast prostheses: but making them requires renting space for the duration they’re being made, renting the sewing equipment, on top of having to rely on donations to buy the materials to make them.
Stay with me, this is where I get to the point.
I’d like us to help. Help raise money to support the Uganda Cancer Society in acquiring the much needed equipment to locally make these prostheses. Women deserve to have options post breast cancer treatment, let’s give them that.
With this fundraiser I’m hoping we can raise enough money to help the Institute purchase their OWN equipment that they can use to make these much needed items.
This project is near and dear to my heart. I know what it feels like to worry about losing a part of oneself, scared that you’ll never feel normal again. It was at the forefront of my mind when I was first diagnosed. If we can help get this ball rolling, then we’d be doing so many women in Uganda an immeasurable service.
Before I end, I’d like to thank the below for their assistance towards this project. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have your support:
- Switch Media
- Gala Image Consulting
- Maisha Ni Upendo
More on the Lumps Away Foundation website: www.lumpsaway.ug
DETAILS TO DONATE:
Account Name: Lumps Away Foundation; Eco Bank, Rwenzori Towers; 0120026128817801
MTN +256 772 (0) 772 197 187: AIRTEL +256 752 (0) 752 993 950
Campaign Funding Link (Goes live 19th Oct): https://akabbo.ug/campaigns/lets-help-make-breast-prostheses-locally/