This is a rant – pure and simple so if you have suffered enough today – feel free to leave. Also, it is going to be a particularly lady shaped rant so if you are of a sensitive bent – well whatever. Without going into long and tortuous detail about my personal circumstances, I wanted to talk about “Mastectomy Fashion.” (Actually an Oxymoron but never mind) Ladies of a certain lopsided persuasion with bit of them missing have to wear special bras so that they can tuck false boobles in. (Still with me? Good!) I get a bit worked up about how much these bras are – rarely less than £30. However, that pales into insignificance when it comes to the price of the clothes. If you have ever reached the end of a long day and found it relaxing to take off your bra and let your ning-nangs run free, you will realise how nice it would be for any lady to do the same. However, women with mastectomies need a pocket to put a breast form in unless you want to look a bit lopsided. (Doesn’t bother me too much but it is VITAL to some ladies.) So you can buy T Shirts and nighties and things – IF YOU TAKE OUT A PERSONAL LOAN! Behold this vest top.
It’s not Armani is it? So why is it £44.00? (£52 pounds if you are not exempt from VAT)
Or this little beauty
This is a nightdress – supposedly to go to bed in. It starts at £57.00. I would wear it to collect an OBE in at that price.
So why so expensive? Could it possibly be because there is so little choice out there? Is it possibly because traumatised women, for whom appearing normal and a bit attractive is sooo important have little choice but to pay? Some would say that this is just cosmetic but for women who have had their femininity assaulted the way that breast cancer does, cosmetic is as important as any other part of their rehab.You can’t just whip to Primark and get a £3.99 vest like everyone else, your options are limited. I would expect to pay more because of the extra material but this smacks of taking advantage of people who have no choice.
I’m not really a big believer in what people call a courageous fight against cancer. In my experience most people are prepared to do whatever it takes to get rid of the stinking disease but the same people are very scared. The treatment is no fun – truly it isn’t and that’s before you get to the sheet terror of the whole thing. But survivors are making their way back into the world. They will bear the scars for the rest of their lives. To me, it feels that someone, somewhere is making not a profit from this (a profit is fine) but they are making a mahoosive profit and that just doesn’t feel right does it?