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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...

Ask the Mutant: Faceboob -- An Open Letter to Facebook From My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Eva Moon

Facebook, with 1.39 billion active users, is the world's de facto forum. As such, it has a responsibility to its users -- at the very least, a responsibility to adhere to its own stated guidelines.

Rita Wilson Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Has Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty

Rita Wilson has revealed she has breast cancer, news she hopes will encourage other women to get a second opinion when it comes to their health. "N...

How I Learned To Get Naked With Strangers Again After My Mastectomy

Ravishly | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Taking a deep breath, I unsnapped my bra. Eila leaned in close. I could practically feel her warm breath on the side of my chest, the place where "Lefty" used to be. The place that was protected by a spray of persimmon-shaded flowers. "It's so beautiful," Eila said. And I believed her.

Where Are All the Beautiful Mastectomy Bras?

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 03.08.2015 | Style
Elisabeth Dale

So why don't you find the latest and greatest in beautiful mastectomy bras at your local retailer? There are a few reasons, and most have to do with the way these products have historically been marketed and sold to women.

If I Was Totally Honest In My eHarmony Profile, This Is What I'd Say

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Divorce
Rebecca Smith Masterson

Since my divorce, some people are having a hard time knowing what to say to me, but not you, eHarmony. You're in my newsfeed, Gmail account and sidebar ads, waving your online arms, saying, "Hey Becca! Over here! Check out online dating! Join us!"

12 Ways To Support A Breast Cancer Warrior

Wendy Donner | Posted 05.02.2015 | Women
Wendy Donner

I've been a breast cancer warrior for eight months, chemo and surgery behind me, radiation and hormone therapy around the corner. My battalion is made up of loving, brilliant, powerful, and hilarious soldiers who have made this journey one of thriving, not just surviving.

Redefining Beauty

Sarah Amento | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Sarah Amento

After my mastectomy, I began looking for pictures of other women who had battled breast cancer. I found The Grace Project by Isis Charise.

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.

Double Mastectomy Debate

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
SidneyAnne Stone

Do what is best for you and don't let anyone, including me, take you off course. You have enough to think about when you find out you have breast cancer and it can be easy to get lost in the haze.

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.

This Man Does 2,000 Nipple Tattoos A Year For Breast Cancer Survivors

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women

One tattoo artist is using his talents to help breast cancer survivors who have undergone a mastectomy. In a HuffPost Live interview on Oct. 30, V...

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

This Woman's Post-Cancer Transformation Was 33 Years In The Making

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Every breast cancer survivor's journey to accept his or her post-cancer body is different. For this survivor, it took 33 years to decide she was final...

Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons

Lisa Schirch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The metaphors of cancer and terrorism are easily interchangeable. Breast cancer is a terrorist organization of cells, threatening mass casualties in the rest of my body. ISIS is a cancerous growth, metastasizing at an alarming rate. But waging war on cancer and ISIS do little to address root causes or prevent the conditions that cause these terrors in the first place.

I Am Not My Nipples

Kayla Redig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Who knew that nipples were such a huge part of being human -- I wasn't aware that my femininity relied on two little pink bumps.

Yoga and Breast Cancer: How My Yoga Practice Saved My Life

Peggy Nolan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Peggy Nolan

My yoga practice carried me through three major life altering events in less than three years: divorce, breast cancer and losing a job. I can count on my practice to be there, unfailing and supportive of the parts that are all of me.

Ebola: A Warning That We Need to Vaccinate Ourselves...From Excessive Fear.

David Ropeik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Even just worrying too much, for too long, can be a risk, a BIG one. Worrying, biologically, is stress, and chronic stress (lasting more than several days) raises our blood pressure and heart rate, weakens our immune system, and interferes with normal neurotransmitter production.

Post-Mastectomy Women Without Breasts, You Are Not Alone

Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Good News
Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton

When I look back, I remember vividly the isolation I felt before my prophylactic mastectomy and again, feeling in the extreme minority as I was considering my extraction. I don't want other women to feel alone just because society only shows us one view of the world.

The Cancer of Solitude

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Solitude, when it is forced and receiving of too little comprehension, can be cancerous We need a conversation about suicidal depression, and the more ordinary states of feeling overwhelmed by hopelessness or alienation. And we can only do that by listening much more carefully to those who are feeling it.

On Mastectomies, Pink Ribbon Culture, and Women's Choices

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women
Karuna Jaggar

The decision to surgically remove a breast either to treat or prevent cancer can never be taken lightly. And, in our breast-obsessed culture, for many women this medical decision is further complicated by societal pressures and norms.

Taking Cancer to Heart

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Just days ago, I had a mastectomy, a bilateral "simple" one, though of course for anyone going through it, there is nothing simple about it. For me to be sure, it has been far from simple.

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.

To My Daughter On The Eve Of My Mastectomy

Jessica Borelli, Ph.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D.

The greatest outcome of this entire ordeal is that I will send a powerful message to my children: that when faced with the most terrifying things in life, their mother is the type of person who, despite feeling immense fear, marches forward.

New Swimwear Line Proves You Don't Need 2 Breasts To Look Sexy

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.29.2014 | Impact

"Who says you need two?" That's the question a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters are asking after founding "Monokini 2.0," a social a...