The “Knitted Knockers” group is making women feel ‘whole’ again one cross-stitch at a time.

Across the country, a group of volunteers are making ‘Knitted Knockers’ – a free, cotton breast prosthesis for breast cancer survivors who have undergone a mastectomy.

Their popularity is growing rapidly as they are significantly lighter, softer, and more comfortable than silicone prostheses.

“They’re the best things since the safety pin was invented actually,” 85-year-old Illma Reed told ABC, who received a “knocker” after having a mastectomy in 2015.

“They can give a woman her figure back and it’s something that can be removed and washed and the filling renewed.

“It can make you feel like you’re not lopsided.”

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The volunteers tend to be breast cancer survivors themselves, and follow a dedicated pattern so each prosthesis meets strict quality control standards. They are usually designed to be a neutral off-white colour, but can be produced in brighter colours if requested. They also have a porthole that allows them to be refilled with hypoallergenic filling if it loses its shape over time.

Albany-based breast cancer nurse Jacky Jones told ABC that a lot of women aren’t too keen to wear the silicone alternatives provided by hospitals.

“The government does a program every two years for an external (silicone) prosthesis, but a lot of women don’t want to wear a heavy prosthesis all the time,” she told the publication.

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As a result, Jones connects these women to their local Knitted Knockers group so they can find out whether the cotton breast prosthesis is the right fit for them.

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“I think it’s fantastic. It’s a community group, it’s volunteer-run and it’s a story of women coming together to help other women,” she said.

“And it’s not a clinical thing. It’s in a friendly, community environment.”

(Source: ABC)

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