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LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
Hi lovelies,
I am not doing breast reconstruction after double mastectomy.  Looking for any give aways. I wear a size 3 or 4 for bra size 12B. I am not on Medicare because I am on a temporary resident work visa but on private health insurance Bupa who does not cover any reimbursement or refund for the prosthesis. I live in South Australia. Would appreciate very much for this donation. Thank you in advance. Joyce
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  • FLCloverFLClover Sydney Member Posts: 1,445
    Hi Joyce. I don’t have a prosthesis, but I sincerely hope you find some. Glad your surgery is done 👌🏻😊
  • Cath62Cath62 Brisbane Member Posts: 787
    I hope you are able to have this donated. I am not able to help you. Have you phoned bcna or the  foundation or cancer cancel. Might be options available through those channels. Best wishes to you.
  • LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
    Thanks Cath will do
  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 3,309
    @liong there is a charity called Knitted Knockers (Google if interested) who make soft cotton 'foobs' that will fill a bra. They are also, I've been reliability informed by a couple of close friends, a lot lighter, cooler and more comfortable than the silicone 'chicken fillets'. No use if you want to swim (apparently they tend to escape and are tragic when wet) and might not be quite as stylish in close fitting clothes.

    You can download a pattern from their website if you, or someone you know, are crafty and want to try them until something more conventional.

    Hopefully you can source something affordable. Mxx
  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 796
    @liong I would also recommend knitted knockers.  They  are $10 a pair plus postage.
  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 796
    @Zoffiel I have used knitted knocker for swimming until I can afford the swim prosthesis.   I peg it on the clothes horse to dry.   So far it's been ok.  I am nervous it will escape and float away but the gap from having no boob is so big I need something.
  • LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
    Hi, does anyone know where I can buy secondhand ones if available please. Thank you, Joyce
  • Keeping_positive1Keeping_positive1 Member Posts: 397
    edited June 2021
    I have heard also that knitted knockers can be a good alternative.  Here is the website below, perhaps they can give you more information.  Also your breast care nurse may be able to assist you with any further information or make enquiries on your behalf.  


    Knitted Knockers Australia – Free 100% knitted COTTON Prosthesis for Breast Cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy.

  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 796
    Maybe it was just the postage that was $10.00.  Sorry my brain is foggy  sometimes.
  • LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
    The knitted knockers-It is free just have to pay for the postage
  • LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
    The breast surgeon ask me to contact bcna
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 5,033
    "Prosthesis – Knitted Knockers Australia" http://knittedknockersaustralia.com/prothesis/

    Free
    You just pay postage 
  • SisterSister Adelaide Hills, SAMember Posts: 4,957
    @liong I'm a bit surprised that you can't get any cover for a prosthesis from your Bupa.  I'm not with them so I could be very wrong and it may be about level of cover.  Just be aware that the question seems to confuse some of the lovely people who take the enquiry calls.  I have been told that I don't have cover and when I challenge it (asking what has changed), I have eventually been put on to someone higher up the chain who knows the finer print and has agreed that I actually do have cover for it.  Not saying that you do but worth double-checking.  Of course, with any of these things there is likely to be an excess involved.
  • LiongLiong Adelaide, South AustraliaMember Posts: 9
    Hi, thank you for your message. Bupa don't cover because I don't have any extra covers. 
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