Thanks to Survivingbreastcancer.org for helping us spread the word! If you are facing mastectomy and have decided to go flat, be sure to ask your surgeon for an “aesthetic flat closure” as defined by the National Cancer Institute… and make sure it’s in your medical record.
Read the latest Feature Friday on “Going Flat,” including Kim’s guest blog, here.
“The trauma of making peace with your surgical decision only to wake up to something completely different, is hard to describe. And it happens to women who are already at their most vulnerable, enduring cancer treatment. I struggled for weeks to fully accept what had happened to me. I felt violated, dehumanized, and alone. People would say things to me like ‘it can be fixed,’ or ‘at least they got the cancer,’ invalidating the trauma.”Kim Bowles, Guest Blog, SurvivingBreastCancer.org
Surviving Breast Cancer is a nonprofit providing education and support to breast cancer survivors nationwide.