As I drove home, a bright pink sign and large dragon fly caught my attention. The next day, I slowed down traffic to make sure I read it: Forever Me Cancer Specialty Boutique.
Just in time to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a new boutique opened yesterday to give women who are battling breast cancer more options for their post-operative and lymphedema needs.
Chiropractor Kay Knight opened the boutique on the first floor below her practice — at 3565 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf — after her breast cancer survivor patients repeatedly said they had to travel outside of the Quad-Cities to find lymphedema sleeves and other post-breast cancer surgery products.
Lymphedema is the swelling of the arms or legs after lymph nodes are removed as part of cancer treatment. The lymphatic system becomes blocked, which prevents lymph fluid from draining, causing buildup and swelling. Dr. Knight’s clinic also offers lymphedema massage therapy to improve lymph flow.
The boutique will offer a good selection of lymphedema sleeves (which also promote lymph flow), compression/support stockings, compression bras, breast prosthetics, bras, swimwear, scarves, skincare products to help with chemo and radiation effects, products for women who have breast augmentation or reduction, sportswear and fashionable items, nightwear garments and more.
Post-operative items also are available, such as gowns with pockets for drains, and more.
“Lymphedema is underserved in this area,” Dr. Knight said. “We are excited to offer lymphedema supplies that ladies will need for their lymphedema therapy," she said, adding the skin products offered there "will help soothe their skin after painful treatments.”
Dr. Knight’s clinic opened in 2008, and offers more than just chiropractic care. There also are group fitness classes, including yoga, kettle bells and Pilates, as well as nutrition and rehabilitation services, and sports and massage therapy.
Wendy Hermanson, a licensed massage therapist in her clinic and a certified mastectomy fitter, will help manage the boutique.
The clinic offers a state-of-the-art digital scanner to scan the chest to better fit women with prosthetics.
“Scar tissue from 20 years earlier or current tissue sometimes doesn’t allow for prosthetics to fit well,” she said. “This scan gives custom measurements for a more comfortable fit.”
Dr. Knight invites everyone — not just cancer survivors — to her boutique. “We encourage all women to come in and see the beautiful bras and swimwear,” she said. “Maybe you want to give someone who was newly diagnosed a gift card, or find something unique in our boutique.”
Forever Me is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
“We hope to meet the needs of all women in the area that may struggle finding these items,” Dr. Knight said.
“Forever Me Cancer Specialty Boutique specializes in making the post-operative and recovery much easier by offering good quality products. Most importantly, we want to have items so that women don’t have to travel to Chicago or Peoria to buy them when they already have so much going on.”
Martha Garcia is a writer, communications instructor and bilingual marketing professional who lives in Bettendorf. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Forever Me Cancer Specialty Boutique, call 563-424-5895.
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