Despite everything I have been through, I remain strong, happy, optimistic and sexy because I am not my scars! They say scars are a reminder that the past is real but I say scars are a reminder of how tough I am.
I have hidden my scars for so long and have allowed my insecurities to rule my life. I am coming out of my insecurities for the sole purpose of reaching out and creating awareness. Breast cancer is real and we must together hope for a cure.
This is to encourage someone out there that it is feasible to fight cancer and stay beautiful, without breasts and nipples. It is definitely not a walk in the park, it is not easy, but it is achievable. I have struggled with my body image after I had my mastectomy. Sharing my pictures is a huge progress in gaining my confidence back and celebrating my body after a mastectomy. I may not be where I desire to be, but I’m definitely not where I used to be.
I had a breast reconstruction after my bilateral mastectomy. It was a reconstruction and not an augmentation. It left me lopsided with scars. Sadly, I allowed these scars to define my life for years. But thankfully, I know better today and I love myself so much, I can’t begin to explain.
Breast cancer is not something to be afraid of. Understandably, Breast cancer is not what anyone would wish for, but it is more dangerous to ignore it or be driven by fear and anxiety whereby you push away screenings or self-examinations.
Symptoms of Breast cancer
- Any change in shape or size of the breast
- A hard immovable lump in the breast or underarm
- Nipple discharge
- Skin dimpling
- Skin sores
- Touch yourself purposefully
- Look for any changes
- Seek professional help if need be
- Encourage every woman to visit a doctor periodically
I was once referred to as an amputee. It was incredibly hilarious and I wasn’t the least upset because that was a huge display of ignorance. I wear this scars with pride today, stepping out of my comfort zone because I want to reach out to women and men who may be affected by this monstrous disease.
To all breast cancer survivors, you are beautiful irrespective of what your scars look like. You are all troopers and are extremely sexy, with or without breasts!
It is better to strive for optimism and happiness than worrying about tomorrow that is not guaranteed. Choose wisely and make a conscious effort to stay happy. Worrying doesn’t take away the issues of life, it only deprives you of maximizing the good things of life.
I would encourage everyone to try this breast cancer quiz by the American cancer society, you could learn a thing or two.
Click here to take the test.
Together let’s fight for a cure!