Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women by the age of 85 and is the most common cancer in Australian women. Bosom Buddies ACT Inc is a charitable organisation of volunteers who provide care and support to breast cancer patients and their families in the ACT and the surrounding region.
All volunteers of Bosom Buddies have experienced breast cancer personally or through loved ones and are committed to providing support to people in the community. This month, we’re supporting Bosom Buddies by creating drainage bags for breast cancer patients.
Quite often when a woman has breast cancer surgery, she will leave with tubes protruding that drain her incision. These tubes end in a small plastic bag that holds the liquid drained. Women can leave with one to three tubes and in some cases, they’ll need them for as long as two or three weeks.
The drainage bags that we will be creating are to hold the plastic bags containing the drains and allow the patient to go out in public. These bags can then later be used as a shopping bag or a tote bag. Each breast cancer surgery patient will receive a drainage bag from a breast care nurse.
Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.