11/20/2013 04:50 pm ET

It Happened To Me: Cancer Made Me Ugly, And I Couldn't Be Happier About It

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If you saw me out shopping on, say, Christmas Eve, 2012, you’d have spotted a petite girl with long brown hair, thick eyelashes and probably a chipping manicure. In all respects, the girl you’d see would be anonymous – just another white girl in leggings and an infinity scarf trying to find the right last-minute gift for her dad.

But if you met me three months later, say, while I was out walking the dog, you’d encounter a girl who looked quite a bit different. She’d be in a baggy top, covering up a bandaged chest. She’d be wearing a beanie. She’d have a weird titanium button protruding from just below her collarbone. But that’s not why you’d do a double-take. You’d do a double-take because she wouldn’t have any eyebrows.

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