When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, I was given no information or help with regard to anything with which I might have to deal. I was told when and where to show up for tests and surgeries and treatments and that was it. As a result, I was not prepared for any other issues that may arise and I certainly had no idea what questions to ask and I had a rude awakening about this after my lumpectomy when I got into the car to head home.
“When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, I was given no information or help with regard to anything with which I might have to deal.“Barbara Jacoby
What happened was that the seat belt came across me at the exact spot where my surgery had been done and caused such pain that I didn’t know what to do. Therefore, I pulled my seat belt away from me and held it in this away from my body all the way home. But, I knew that this would not be a long-term solution so I started thinking about what I could do for the future.
I figured out that I needed to find a way to take the pressure off while having the seat belt engage if something happened that it needed to engage should it need to protect me. So after much thinking and a trial run, I found that if I took off just enough pressure at the top end of the seat belt where it connected to the seat belt mechanism, it would not only be there so that I didn’t have to keep putting it on each time that I got into the car but that it still completely engaged in locking if needed in an emergency.
This is one of the main reasons that I created the “You Are Not Alone” module on my website because to this date, I have never heard this issue discussed although I am sure that something has been designed to take care of this issue. I have seen where things like a sheepskin pad has been added under a seat belt farther on down the body away from the surgery site to serve as a cushion but that is it.
But, like everything else, to me, if it works and can remain in place for as long as I choose (as it does to this date)and it didn’t cost me anything, I am all for it. And the reason that I have kept is all of these years is because I sit low enough in the seat in the car that a seat belt naturally crosses at my neck so I don’t have that issue anymore.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.