Heal in Comfort Recovery Shirts
By: Courtney Floyd
Cheri Matthews was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent bilateral mastectomies in 2001. Like most women, Cheri was sent home with surgical drains. Not quite sure how to manage the drains, Cheri asked the hospital nurse for guidance. The only solution she was offered was pinning the drains to one of her husband’s old button-down shirts with safety pins.
“I found it incredibly unfair that a sprained elbow would get a sling, so the patient can recover; and here my body had just been butchered and I was handed a pair of safety pins,” Cheri shares about her experience. “In the hospital, when I woke up and was told to wear my husband’s used dress shirt, it didn’t occur to me how truly atrocious that would be until you look down, and you no longer have your breasts.”
This experience motivated Cheri to create the Heal in Comfort recovery shirts! With the goal of providing women the ability to recover from breast cancer with dignity, Cheri designed a recovery shirt with internal pockets to discreetly conceal post-surgical drains and Velcro-like fasteners to make self-dressing easy and stress free!
PRMA Plastic Surgery is proud to spread the word about the Heal in Comfort recovery shirts to patients preparing for breast cancer surgery, radiation or breast reconstruction. In fact, we have teamed up with this amazing organization with the goal of giving back!