The Prosthesis Bank

Why the Breast Cancer Action Prosthesis Bank?

A few years ago, a young woman came in to be fitted for prosthesis. When the estimate was submitted for coverage through a social program, we were notified that the program had ceased completely. The funding available after the Ministry of Health portion (Every 2 years) and 2 brassieres (every year) was completely dropped. No warning, no reason.

After doing this for some time, we thought that Breast Cancer Action should be involved and that this could become a program that would work for those in need with the blessing of the various hospital social workers in the greater Ottawa area. Breast Cancer Action is engaged with this community and will vet applicants, so the funding is completely deserved, and legitimate.

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I consider myself a true survivor but admit that I have been extremely lucky.  My first brush with breast cancer happened in 1991 when I went for a routine mammogram at the age of 43.  This resulted in a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.  I was lucky that I had been having routine mammograms since my late 30s.  Now, almost 30 years later and after two more bouts with breast cancer, I am still alive because of that routine mammogram in 1991.

Thank you BCA for your support and the Prosthesis Bank Program.

Pauline Shesnicky (Horricks)