My name is Simonne Cormier. I’m a breast cancer survivor and the proud founder of Au Naturel Solutions Inc.
After my lumpectomy, my doctor advised that, if I chose to use one, I wear a breast prosthesis made with natural fibres. Easier said than done! I couldn’t find one anywhere.
After some research and advice, I settled for a “puff” prosthesis constructed with a polyester outer shell and fill, with a cotton layer against the skin.
- I did not find it comfortable.
- It didn’t breathe—and it made me overheat, prompting hot flashes and sweating. It made me itchy and moved around in my bra.
- I had to find another solution.
As I researched other options, I was shocked to find out how many chemicals and toxins are in various materials and how they come in contact with our skin; it made me wonder if our clothing may be causing some of our illnesses in the first place.
Research and the Challenge
My search continued for two years. I checked countless specialty stores for mastectomy bras and products to see if any all-natural products were available. One specialist told me to make my own—followed by “Good luck with that.”
I took that as a challenge.
I wanted a breast prosthesis that:
- Was made of natural materials
- Felt soft and comfortable
- Wouldn’t irritate the skin
- Was lightweight
I approached a natural fibre mill to find what materials would have those properties, and they gave me some materials I could try. Using my polyester puff as a model, I dusted off my sewing machine and constructed a rudimentary handcrafted breast prosthesis.
After wearing it for a very short period of time, it was clear I was onto something. I no longer experienced hot flashes like before; my breast’s skin did not get hot, and the prosthesis did not smell bad between washings.
My all-natural external breast prosthesis worked so perfectly for me, I knew I had to bring my innovation to the marketplace to bring comfort and confidence to others.
And so I did.
After years of research, trial and error and refusing to give up, I’m happy to offer you an all-natural solution—the Comfort “n” Confidence™ external breast prosthesis!