This soft pillow is designed to be worn snugly against the underarm to cushion the area after breast surgery. The wedge is shaped gently to hold the arm away from the body when the user is standing. The strap holds the pillow in place without having to use sore arm muscles to clutch it. The strap is adjustable via the overlap opening. This allows survivors to use their arms and hands for doing what they like.
After showing the bag to her physician at the local breast health center, she learned it was a completely new concept with the potential of alleviating pain for many. Maas inspired the Central Illiniois chapter of the american Sewing Guild to hold a mass production event which created 150 pouches in one day. Since then, they have distributed over 500 pouches.
As word spread, more pouches are created. the Cherokee Batts received the word and held a two-day retreat at the Cleghorn Community Center. Members come from Cleghorn, Holstein, Ida Grove, Kingsley, Correctionville, Sibley, Storm Lake, Alta in addition to Cherokee.
Cherokee Batts who gathered for this retreat were: Vickie Wilson, Pam Cronin, Opal Rupp, Mary McIntosch, Lisa Bingham, Jamie Renken, Ramona Schuett,, Kay Kruger, Diane Droegmiller, Jeannette Bruning, Shelly Tiefenthaler, Betty Bilney, Marlys Segar, Donna Bremer, Lana Lundt, Donna Hayes, Darleen Martin, Betty Resch, Karen DeSotel, Jill Hecox, Marie Oman, Dorothy Swain, Jeanna Bergendahl, Betty Waller, Jean Schumacker and Jeanette Woodall.
Each member completed one pouch in various fabrics. It was a great activity using their skills in doing what they enjoy doing, stitching while helping someone deal with their pain. Many sewing machines and equipment was hauled into the Cleghorn center in a camaraderie effort to help others.