Local woman needs your help knitting for breast cancer patients and survivors
Tammy Bohannon will never forget the day she buzzed off all her hair.
"It was very difficult, because I was learning a new reality," says Bohannon.
Bohannon is learning how to live with breast cancer.
"I would say a lot more of our identity is tied up in our breasts and hair than we realize. It is an adjustment. It’s a body image adjustment that you have to go through," says Bohannon.
Bohannon’s close friend, Lisa Humphrey, is the owner of Itty Bitty Knitty Shop in Paducah.
"It’s still a little scary to think, you know, ‘Oh my goodness, she has cancer,’" says Humphrey.
Humphrey is using her store to help local women with breast cancer regain confidence after a mastectomies.
"They’re adjustable, and you don’t have to have a special bra for these either," says Humphrey.
Humphrey is talking about Knitted Knockers. These are not your typical breast prosthetics. They’re light, soft and free.
Yarn shops across the county are making Knitted Knockers as part of a national charity. The closest one to us is in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At least it was, until Humphrey hopped on board.
"You think about the women that are going to be using them, and you’re hoping that it helps them in some way," says Humphrey.
If you know how to knit or crochet, Humphrey needs your help. You’re invited to the Knitted Knockers Knit-A-Thon. It’s from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.16, at the Itty Bitty Knitty Shop in Paducah. Humphrey says she wants to stock up on Knitted Knockers, so more women in our area can have a chance to feel beautiful.