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Portuguese girl guides invent a pillow to ease the discomfort of a mastectomy.

Shared by Carolina Piedade on 2021-11-13 10:26

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It all started with a conversation with their leader Ana, who explained to them that a simple heart shaped pillow could bring the comfort that is so often lacking after this procedure. At the moment there are already small rectangular-shaped pillows that are provided by the hospitals in order to ease this type of discomfort, but they are not well fitted and don't provide as much pressure release as the heart shaped ones.

These type of heart shaped pillows fit comfortably under the armpit, thus helping to alleviate incision pain after surgery, tackling the discomfort of the consequent edema and aiding the tension in the shoulders, while also protecting against possible incidents.

Even though the main focus is on pain management and post-operation outcome improvement, there is also a desire to provide these people with not only an increased level of comfort, but also a certain joy through the color and the different patterns that these pillows have. The girl guides soon realized that it was fundamental to create, above all, a project whose main purpose was to return the smile to people struggling with breast cancer all while improving their recuperation after surgery.

During Pink October celebrations, in Mangualde, 66 kits were delivered to the Regional Nucleus of the Portuguese League Against Cancer, with the aim of having them distributed to identified patients and/or hospitals. These kits consist of a pillow and a bag that serves to "hide" the post-operative drain.

As the moto for this campaign, they choose "#LutaremosSemprePorSorrisos" (We will always fight for smiles).

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You can contact this group of innovators through the email guias.mangualde@gmail.com

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

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Associação de Guias de Portugal is a scouting body only composed of girls that has multiple groups withing itself, being the "1ª Companhia de Guias de Mangualde" from the Viseu region in Portugal responsible for the development of this wonderful project. They were motivated by stories from their leaders to develop this project thus aiding now only the physical aspect of the disease but also improving the overall moral of mastectomy patients.

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