As we start October, breast cancer awareness month, I just wanted to share what breast cancer looks like. It’s NOT about pretty little pink ribbons!!!
My mom died of breast cancer when she was just 50, I was 14 and I remember thinking to myself if I ever heard the words, “you have breast cancer “, that I would not want fake blobs on my chest to pretend like I still had breasts!!! My surgeon didn’t offer me flat as an option!!! I told him that this is what I wanted and he tried to convince me to get reconstruction. He told me that I wouldn’t look like a woman!!! He even brought in his female nurse who also tried to talk me out of my decision! In my timid, quiet voice, I spoke up and told them that I didn’t want reconstruction. It was the first time in my life that I actually spoke up for myself!!! It was so empowering and life changing for me!! I don’t need fake, unfeeling blobs on my chest to fit into society!!! I am whole and very much a woman just the way I am!! I have too much respect for my body to put anything artificial in it!!
My body is a miracle. I am a SURVIVOR!!!