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Double Mastectomy

Stunning Portraits Explore The Beauty Of Bodies After Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women

When facing a preventative double mastectomy, Katelyn Carey had no idea what to expect. Now that she is past her procedure, she wants to tell other wo...

This Empowering Photo Campaign Will Change The Way You Look At Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Each October, popular culture becomes awash in pink ribbons, pink balloons and pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The publicity of breast ...

Knowledge Is Power: How a Breast Cancer Diagnosis Changed My Life

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

Instead of going into something blindfolded, you are able to physically and mentally prepare yourself, be strong, and hope for the best outcome. Knowledge is power.

Nina Bahadur

These Photos Show How Beautiful Women's Bodies Are After Breast Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.30.2015 | Women

"The photo shoot was the first time someone looked at me like a person and as not a specimen on the exam room table." That's what one woman photogr...

Tig Notaro's Powerful Message About Embracing Her Post-Cancer Body

The HuffPost Show | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.28.2015 | HPSN

Tig Notaro has never been afraid to tackle her cancer head on. Her now-legendary 2012 stand-up set -- which she performed days after she got a brea...

Woman Throws 'Goodbye Boobs' Party Before Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.16.2015 | Women

In the days before her preventive double mastectomy, a young woman in Britain threw a special goodbye party for her breasts. The event was neither fun...

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.

4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts

Debra Jenkins | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Debra Jenkins

Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.

Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions: Personal Choice Is Key

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Barring certain medical factors, however, the patient's preference drives the course of treatment in many cases. It is a personal choice that has significant implications for the patient, as it may affect her appearance, how she feels about her body, and how she thinks of herself as a woman.

Shopping For New Breasts After My Double Mastectomy

Wendy Staley Colbert | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Wendy Staley Colbert

As I thought about my ideal size in the dressing room, I tried to separate my own preference from the expectations of society, media, and men. Wasn't the purpose of reconstruction to replicate what you had lost?

The Devil You Know: Why I Chose to Remove Both Breasts

TueNight | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

My decision was based on fear. I was scared to get cancer, so I just figured out how not to get it and took the necessary steps to make that happen. And lo and behold, I seem to have outsmarted the little fucker.

These People Could've Let Cancer Get The Best Of Them. Instead, They Showed Cancer Their Best

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News

Cancer can be one of the most devastating diagnoses, and it takes a special kind of courage to channel grief into something meaningful. And that's...

How A Health Crisis Made Me Stop Bad-Mouthing My Body

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Mary Darling Montero, LCSW

I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.

Safety During Cancer Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The truth of the matter is that cancer doesn't just happen to you. It happens to your family, your friends and your community as well. So many people are looking for opportunities to help you, but often do not know how. Here is a perfect opportunity.

This Woman Was About To Go In For Surgery. What She Did Moments Before Was Awesome.

The Huffington Post | Lori Leibovich | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women

Facing a double mastectomy with grace takes courage. Facing one with courage and joy is extraordinary. But that’s exactly what Deborah Cohan did...

'My Breasts Are More Than A Pink Ribbon': Double Mastectomy Patient Proudly Speaks Out

2013-11-05-EnspireLOGO.jpg | ENSPIRE MAGAZINE | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact

Editor's Note: This story contains images and content of a sensitive nature. A version of this story originally appeared on Enspire Magazine. ...

A Tale of Three (and a Half) Foobs: Two Cancer Survivors Tell Their Mastectomy Stories

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Most women have a love/hate relationship with their breasts. And then there's the cruelest joke of all. "The girls," those beautiful bumps we could hardly wait to grow, try to kill us. We hear the four words that change us forever: you have breast cancer.

Post-Mastectomy Options

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The decision to have a mastectomy is not one to be taken lightly, and I do not know a woman out there who did not agonize over it, including myself. For me, it was the right decision, but that does not mean I came to it easily.

Double Mastectomies May Not Increase Life Expectancy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews When Angelina Jolie wrote about her decision to get a mastectomy after learning that she was genetically predisposed to ha...

What I Discovered About My Husband When I Lost My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

After my surgeries it was almost unbearable for him to see my scars. Not because of how they make me look -- that doesn't matter. But because to him they were visible proof that he'd failed, as a man, to protect his woman from harm.

Salma Hayek: I Would Get A Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

It’s no secret that, apart from her talent, Salma Hayek has a curvaceous figure many in Hollywood envy. Still, the Mexican beauty confessed that she...

On Angelina and Unknown Genes

Linsey Maughan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

Yes, a double mastectomy and life-changing concerns about cancer have become a part of both Angelina Jolie's and my realities. Unlike Jolie, I was diagnosed with cancer, and a mastectomy of my left breast had been imperative, a non-negotiable.

Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.

Wheelchair Wisdom: A Note to Angelina Jolie

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Whenever you find that you are out of touch with your loving, simply move into the quiet center within. Let go of any expectation that something has to happen. When you are free of any pressure to perform that you have placed on yourself, you become still, love arises naturally.

Angelina Jolie, the Thoughtful Patient

Rick Boulay, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Boulay, M.D.

Ms. Jolie's reasoning behind going through this process is the integrity of her family. Her mother's loss to cancer was deeply felt and she wishes to avoid this trauma for her own children. Her reasons were her own, and yours will be your own. But at least there is a plan.