Knitted Knockers Offer Gentle Support to Women Who Have Had Mastectomies

When we're creative, our minds release dopamine, a non-medicinal way of getting a feel-good high. (Photo: Transient Eternal/Shutterstock)

When Barbara Demorest was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, she was saddened to learn that she would need a mastectomy. But what upset her even more was that she wouldn't be a candidate for recovery surgery for several weeks after her mastectomy, and she wouldn't be able to use any kind of prosthetic on her tender mastectomy scar until it had completely healed.

Dismayed, Demorest talked to her doctor about her options, and it was her doctor who told her about another patient who had knitted her own prosthetic. Not a knitter herself, Demorest reached out to a friend who whipped one up for her.

"It was amazing," Demorest told Washington state newspaper The Columbian. "It was so soft. It was pretty. It could be used in a normal bra."

Demorest decided that this was an idea that needed to be shared.

After obtaining permission from the original creator of the knitted prosthetic design, Demorest launched Knitted Knockers so that she could connect volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors in need. Now, the organization has more than 1,000 knitters in 30 states as well as a few chapters internationally.

Some Knitted Knocker groups recruit volunteers and distribute the prosthetics locally, while others mail the softies back to Demorest for distribution.

And you don't have to be part of a knitting group to get involved. Anyone can download the free knitted prosthetic pattern from the Knitted Knocker website to make for someone they know or mail off to Demorest for someone in need.

Either way, the final product is guaranteed to be appreciated.