Wearing Amoena Contact breast forms: My story

Andrea Coomans, Amoena’s Regional Manager, West, is a 20-year breast cancer survivor and a busy mom. In this guest post, she tells it like it is – and tells why she loves her Amoena Contact breast form.

Andrea Coomans, Amoena USABusy, busy, busy, How many of us are busy?? I am a mother of three sons, who are 9, 13 and 15. Yes, two teenagers – joyous! They play volleyball, basketball, tennis and soccer; they ski, sled, swim, mountain bike and hike. They also play the tuba and percussion. We have a 75-lb Golden Doodle who is very energetic. That is a lot of busy, busy. Did I mention that I work full-time? I work for a brilliant company, Amoena, and love my work — but that also makes my life busy, busy, busy.

I am a 20-year breast cancer survivor and I wear a breast form.  Do I have time to worry about my breast form in my everyday activities? Absolutely not, I don’t have time to think about it. I LOVE my form. My morning routine probably looks a lot like many of yours. I am up at 6:00 a.m., breakfast with my boys, shower, attach my form and dress and by 7:00 a.m. my computer is on and I’m checking work issues and what is going on. Then it’s carpool to junior high at 7:20 a.m. When I return, my 9-year-old is up and ready for breakfast; thankfully my husband takes him to school and walks the dog! At 8:00 a.m. my work day begins, and I have appointments with customers, fitting ladies during a promotion, educational and medical appointments, flying all over the West Coast and even sometimes Atlanta – any variety of things to do! At 5:30 p.m. I run on the track for 2-3 miles with my boys and sometimes the dog comes too! Six-thirty is  dinner with my family and family time, then by 9:30 p.m. I am powering down, making a last check of email and tying up loose ends. Finally at 10:30 p.m., I take off my breast form and wash it thoroughly. It has been through the wringer all day, every day!

When I bike, hike, ski, swim, carpool, run, play tennis, chase around with my sons, walk my dog, go through airport security, run through airports, visit with accounts, visit with medical facilities, fit breast cancer survivors in promotions, sit in meetings and go about my life, I do not want to think about my breast form. Is it moving around? Is it popping out of the top of my bra? When I lean over, can anyone see that I am wearing a breast form? Nevermind that I don’t want to feel the weight pulling away from me as I move around. My form stays attached all day long, with all my moving around and with my perspiring as I run, exercise, etc. It never moves, never shifts; I never feel the weight. I just don’t feel it and forget I am wearing a breast form.

Phew, I am tired just writing how busy life can be! I wear a Contact breast form because it allows me the freedom to be as active as I am, it allows me to be busy, busy, busy, it allows me to be me. Would I wear anything else? Are you joking me? Why would I want to wear anything but an Amoena Contact form, it is the best breast form available and as busy as I am, I deserve the best. Don’t you?

Amoena Contact adhesive breast form

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Editor’s note: Don’t miss the new video about Amoena Contact’s place in a busy lifestyle. It includes a quick overview of how easy it is to wash and care for the Contact breast form.

 

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6 Responses to Wearing Amoena Contact breast forms: My story

  1. Suzanne Apau says:

    oh yea! I got my contacts last July and… just love them too! I am a 11&12 yr winner (I know… survivor… but there’s more of us winners, right?). After the trauma of multiple surgeries with final failure of the reconstructions, I pretty much gave up. My spouse of 30 yrs left me 18 months ago… and thank goodness! Since then, I’ve had to move (faced forclosure), lost weight (120#), and… thought about getting fitted for contacts! What a difference they make… I love them! And you’re so right about not feeling any weight… my others were heavy, uncomfortable, horrible! Finally–I feel like a woman again. Without my breasts, I actually felt like a freak… it didn’t help that my “loving” spouse refused to touch me ‘there’. What a jerk, right?

    I am attempting reconstruction one more time, but this time, I am physically and mentally prepared, and if it works, great, BUT, if it doesn’t, I’m okay with that because I will once again, wear my contacts! Love, love, love them!

    • Andrea Coomans says:

      Suzanne, yes you are a winner!!!! Thank you for your comments, it is hard to describe contact forms but when you wear them you get it and understand. I wish you good health and happiness on your journey. You are an absolute star, shine brightly always. Andrea

  2. Jackie says:

    I’m new to this process. I was just diagnosed in March 2012 surgery is in July (I initially thought that I want to have the mastectomy and the reconstructive surgery at the same time). I’ve decised to have the surgery and allow my body to heal before having the reconstructive sugery. I’m seriously considering the Amoena Contact Breast form; I think it will allow me to resume my normal activities without the worry of where the form is in comparison to what I’m doing. I’ve looked at other forms and they just don’t look as appealing to me as the Amoena form. Some have cotton fill that you can adjust – not something I want to do. Suppose I get it wrong and it’s lopsided? I don’t want to look crazy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to use the Amoena immediately after the surgeon says I’m good to go, but I want to be prepared. Thanks for introducing me to this product. I think that it will made a true diference as I go through this process to know that there is a product that will give me my dignity back.

  3. Elizabeth Vasconcellos says:

    Hello,
    Maybe you ladies can help me out. I am a 10 year breast cancer survivor. I have tried the other forms and they are uncomfortable to me. I would like to try a contact @form. I have heard they are just great, BUT the fitter says not for me. I have a right mastectomy. The surgeon left some breast tissue on the side of the sternum. I don’t know if that is a factor or not. I am so unhappy now. The last form broke and due to insurance problems, I was using a rubber ball. I went to get a form the other day 11/1/12 and got another in the pocket one. As I said the fitter said the contact won’t work on me. I want to try and am considering to buy one on the internet. Any advise would be welcome and wanted. Is the fitter right? Please contact me at my email izzy4902@yahoo.com. Please help me.

    Best of luck to all of you.
    Liz

    • Andrea Coomans says:

      Dear Liz,
      When we first launched contact forms our initial thought was they needed to be atathced to a smooth, flat chest wall. with time and experience we have seen that the Amoena contact forms attach to not only flat chest walls but also uneven chest walls. If you squeeze the front of the form and attach the center first and then the outer edges this will allow the form to conform to you and attach very well. Unless you have an extremely concave chest wall this should work well for you. I hope that helps. Please do not hesiate to contact me if I can be of further assistance to you. Very best wishes to you, Andrea

  4. Virginia McElvain says:

    I am a 16 year survivor. I am postmenopausal and I am obviously not on hormone replacement. I sweat profusely on the upper part of my body. I wore Amoena Contact Plus that adhered with a pectin skin barrier, which had both wet and dry tact. I could even wear it when I went swimming. Then it was discontinued. I then went to the product that adhered with a silicone barrier, this did not adhere when I sweat much less swim. Which of the products or do any adhere when one sweats profusely and/or swim. I would love to have a prosthesis that adheres again, but I do not want to have to live through a couple of years with the prosthesis that does not adhere most of the time and having to wait until insurance will allow me to get another prosthesis.
    Please contact me at swoni@aol.com

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