Posts in Breast Cancer Stories
Wings and Ribbons and Permanent Ink

Two years after being cancer free Trina decided to celebrate with a tattoo. She chose a wings tattoo across the top her back with a pink ribbon signifying her battle with breast cancer. The word “Warrior” was scripted across the tattoo in a nod not only to her own fight but to her “Warrior Sisters” who were now such an important part of her life. It was shortly after getting the tattoo that she found her cancer was back and had spread to her bones.

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Finding Her Courage

Jennifer was the friend who I went to for input as I prepared to start the Reveal Mission. Not only was Jennifer a survivor but she also worked for a cancer organization and had her finger on the pulse of breast cancer advocacy. Her green light was the reason that I moved forward.

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Facing Your Reflection

Mastectomies aren’t pretty. None of us pretended that what we were seeing was something other than it is. Her breasts are no longer there. In their place are large horizontal scars, some sagging skin that was saved for reconstruction, and two drainage tubes.

She cried, she touched, she turned and showed. She made comments both about the severity of her scars as well as how it wasn’t as bad as what she imagined it could be. She turned to her husband and he grabbed the drainage bags and pretended he was squeezing them like air pumps. “You look a little deflated there honey; let me help pump these back up!” We all laughed.

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To Have and to Hold

I stumbled across you today and I am reaching out to see if you can help me. I regret that I didn’t get to see your work on Breast Cancer Survivors as I just heard about it today. You see, I was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery this Thursday for a double mastectomy. I am really grieving this loss that I am about to experience. A thought came to me that I should have pictures of myself as I am now… as a reminder of these breasts that have been such a part of me for such a long time.

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