A Breast Cancer Survivor Is Knitting Artificial Breasts For Women With Mastectomies
"One woman's gift to another."
After being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, Kay Coombes from Somerset is knitting artificial breasts for women who have had mastectomies.
The 46-year-old is working with Knitted Knockers UK to create the cotton prostheses that are popular in the US, but haven't yet caught on in the UK.
Coombes had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer in 2011 and, when she tested positive for the BRCA gene in 2013, she chose to have a double mastectomy.
She discovered Knitted Knockers UK through online support groups for breast cancer survivors.
"The ladies who knit them buy the cotton yarn and pay for the postage so they are completely free to the buyer," she told the Western Daily Press. "It is one woman's gift to another."
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