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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.

I Got A Double Mastectomy At Age 27

Posted 10.23.2013 | Women

Having watched her mother's struggle with breast cancer and learning that she was positive for the BRCA2 gene, Megan Hartman chose to undergo a preven...

WATCH: The Promise I Made To My Dying Mother

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

To fulfill a wish to her dying mother, Megan Hartman underwent a preventative mastectomy in her twenties. She recently tattooed her chest in an attemp...

TV Star Talks About Double Mastectomy

The Capital, Annapolis, Md. | Tim Pratt | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC

When Giuliana Rancic found out she had breast cancer in 2011, it was beyond shocking. The E! television personality, who grew up in Bethesda, was try...

Proof Breasts Don't Make You A Woman

Posted 09.30.2013 | Women

We often think of breasts as being inextricably linked to a woman's femininity -- but what about women who don't have them, such as breast cancer pati...

Why Men's Fear of Talking About Breasts Is a Problem

Noel Franus | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Noel Franus

If we're going to make any strides towards ending breast cancer and improving the quality of life for those who have survived, we men need to be able to talk about breasts in non-sexualized ways.

Some Women Undergo Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Lauren Cahoon Roberts, Contributing writer Published: 09/16/2013 09:12 PM EDT on LiveScience "If Angelina Jolie did it, shouldn't I do the sa...

What It's Really Like Post-Mastectomy

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 11.14.2013 | Women
Joanna_Montgomery

Those of us who either opted to have mastectomies as a preventative measure, or had mastectomies as a life-saving measure, aren't excited about our "new boobs." In truth, we'll never be the same. We see ourselves differently now when we look in the mirror, because we are different, inside as well as outside.

Breast Reconstruction: 2012 Statistics and the Sounds of Silence!

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

Can nothing be done? Are women being sent home disfigured unnecessarily? Are we as women and physicians uninformed of available procedures? Do the majority of plastic surgeons choose not to make breast reconstruction a part of their practice?

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.

How to Build a Boob: What to Consider With Breast Reconstruction

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

I survived Stage III breast cancer at the age of 46, but then developed infection after infection while trying to rebuild my breasts.

Astoria Characters: The World-Grown Woman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.13.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

These are pretty pedestrian pastimes for a woman who had the globe at her feet. Hers was a glamorous childhood. Her father was excessively successful, and the family lived abroad, first in Holland then Italy.

Ask the Mutant: The Top 5,840 Pearls of Mom Wisdom

Eva Moon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Eva Moon

Perhaps with increased awareness, support and research, there will come a day when no child can escape the protracted annoyance of motherly advice. I hope so.

How Facebook Censored Our Sheroes

Lisa Levart | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Lisa Levart

Note: This post contains nudity. Until June 12, Facebook classified nude photographs of women who had undergone mastectomies as pornographic. This st...

Ask the Mutant: Skin, Paint and Transformation

Eva Moon | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Eva Moon

Painting on living flesh is an engrossing experience -- very different from the flat, snowy expanse of a blank canvas rectangle. It gives and participates in the process of painting -- energy and creativity flow both ways.

Finding Sisterhood: braGGs Reconstruction Bras & BRCA

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

My sister and I are different. We don't share the same political ideals. We took different paths to get to where we are -- she is more family-first and I've prioritized my career. Over time, the five years that separate us seem to have become fewer. Until one day, they completely disappeared.

Ask the Mutant: Girl Fight -- Who Is the Brave One?

Eva Moon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Emotional battle lines were recently drawn when Melissa Etheridge, who has had breast cancer, said that Angelina Jolie, who has not had cancer, did not make "the brave choice" when having preventive surgery because of her BRCA1 status.

Italian Actress Has Baby After Defying Cancer and Having Double-Mastectomy

Juliet Linley | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Juliet Linley

Fluent in both Italian and English, she's as comfortable in a Hollywood production as she is on stage in a Roman theater or behind a microphone in a dubbing studio.

Ask the Mutant: It's Fine for Angelina -- She's Rich

Eva Moon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

While Angelina Jolie may have more advantages than most of us, the biggest advantage she had was not money, but access to people who provided her with good information about her options.

Understanding Angelina Jolie's Choices

Stephanie Bender | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

A myth, as inaccurate and dangerous as any that pervades American society, is that women enter menopause as if falling off a cliff.

The Circuitous Journey: My Ovaries, Cancer and a Thing About the 1970s

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 08.05.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

I was honest enough to admit out loud that I spent my life quietly making a decision, and here it was, reflected back at me.

The 'Angelina Effect' in Four Charts

Brian Reid | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Reid

Angelina provides an interesting look into how the famous can drive conversations about health. She is a celebrity of status, and her story is both dramatic and complicated.

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.

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.