Axilla•Pilla (AxillaPilla)

This silky stretch nylon filled with microbeads fits perfectly under the arm and takes pressure off the region where lymph nodes are often sampled.


Axilla Pilla

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We designed the Axilla•Pilla® pillow in response to numerous complaints about post-surgery chafing, soreness and pressure in the axillary, or underarm, area. This silky stretch nylon filled with microbeads fits perfectly under the arm and takes pressure off the region where lymph nodes are often sampled. The pillow is about 10 inches wide and 9 inches high, weighs virtually nothing, and can be used as a neck rest for patients who wake up from surgery with a stiff, sore neck. The pillow is also the perfect size for bracing the abdomen after surgery, and can even be used as a nursing pillow. It fits right into any Bffl Bag™.

About The Bffl (pronounced "biffle") Company

After graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1993, Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson began devoting herself to taking care of women. When her mother developed breast cancer, Elizabeth decided to focus her career on this specific disease, and during her residency, also obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard.Elizabeth worked as a Radiation Oncologist while raising her four children. With the support of her husband, she continued to pursue her love of sports (marathon running, open water swimming, tennis and golf) while balancing her career and family.

In 2006, after years of breast surveillance, biopsies, and endless consultations with genetic counselors, Elizabeth underwent prophylactic mastectomies. The experience of recovering from this surgery and the interactions with her physicians led her to begin working in the reconstructive surgery practice, helping other women with the difficult decision-making and recovery from breast surgery.

As an athlete, physician and mother, Elizabeth felt that while the surgeries and radiation treatment for breast cancer have rapidly evolved (in some cases even been revolutionized), however, the garments she could offer to her patients undergoing radiation therapy and surgery were designed in the 1970s, for patients undergoing surgeries of the past.

Also, patients were concerned and confused about their surgeries: “What should I bring to the hospital? Why does this surgical bra hit just where my drains exit? What bra should I wear after my surgery to maximize the cosmetic outcome? When can I begin to exercise again?”

Elizabeth decided to design a fashionable line of bags, bras and surgical accessories for the modern age of breast treatment. Armed with scissors, needle and thread, Elizabeth cut and sewed bras together to meet the needs of the 21st century patient, and Bffl co was born!

The Breast Bffl Bag™ and axilla pilla® were launched in 2011 to enhance the breast cancer patient experience. Elizabeth and her best friend, Sara Kerr Reges, RN, then created the TBI “Brain” Bffl Bag for patients recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Trauma, Concussion, Brain Tumors and Stroke.

The Mommy C-Section Bffl Bag™ and the ultimate Hospital Bag, as well as the Masthead® Breast Reconstruction Bra, the Surgical Bra, Radiation Bra, and other recovery products will be available in 2012.

For each condition-related Bffl Bag™ sold, Bffl co will donate 15% of the proceeds of profits to a charity providing research and support for that condition.

 

 

Breast Cancer Gift Bags

BFFL (best friends for life) offers a fashionable line of bags, bras and surgical accessories for the modern age of breast treatment. The Breast Bffl Bag™ provides comfort, convenience and caring for women facing cancer surgery. It is beautifully styled and chock full of all the little things she needs for both the in-hospital surgical recovery and any post-surgical chemotherapy or radiation. The Bffl Bag™ is made of lightweight, stain resistant pack cloth, has metal feet to keep the bag off the hospital floor, inside and outside pockets, and is roomy enough room for clothing and other essential personal items.