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Flat & Fabulous - Set 'em free when they tried to kill me....
Flat & Fabulous - Set 'em free when they tried to kill me....

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From Elaine Schattner on Forbes.
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I am days away from 7 years from diagnosis, double mastectomy and no reconstruction. I still live Flat and Fabulous and wear it proudly. I embrace my scars. I still feel I am enough exactly as I am. 7 years ago when I stepped into this world of breast cancer, I thought I was alone in such a seemingly radical decision to forego further surgery and live openly authentically flat. At that time I did not see others like myself, in part because when we hide from the world, we hide from each other. I am so proud of and thankful for my many sisters in scars like these who have stepped out of the shadows. We give each other strength and let others know they too are not alone. There are far more of us than you ever would imagine. 7 years ago, it was nearly unheard of that doctors would offer the no reconstruction as an option along side all the various reconstruction options. Now it is changing. We have come such a long way thanks to ladies like these. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. #FlatAndFabulous
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In spite of the title shown, this segment is about foregoing reconstruction.
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This article covers the common disconnect between the professionals and those of us who said I have had enough of hospitals, doctors, procedures and pain. "I want my life back and pursuing unfeeling dead lump look a likes are not my idea of how to get there." No right or wrong, we are individuals who have to find our own way and perhaps for those of us who chose the Flat and Fabulous path, we simply do not fit in a box.
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Good Morning All,

This story flashed across my TV this morning. I am sharing my internal reaction as to what I am considering "might" be the underlying motives or driving forces. Am I too cynical, too snarky, on target?? I hope to hear what others think.

Those of us who follow this subject know there has been great gnashing of teeth by medical professionals over what is in their view an epidemic of, again in their view, unnecessary mastectomies. One of the recurring themes among some who made that decision including myself, was that a major or deciding factor was to avoid radiation. The studies I have seen to date broadly consider lumpectomy with radiation to be equal to or a tiny bit better than mastectomy alone. Radiation is not without risk. How significant or substantial the risk may be up for debate and whether benefit outweighs risk may also be up for debate.

So here is my cynical, snarky, or perhaps the right on target question: Might their end game be that if we effectively force women who want mastectomies to have radiation, then would they change their minds and opt for lumpectomies with radiation and HYPER-SURVEILLANCE. Is the ultimate goal to create a way to deny mastectomies?

I am one girl with a particular set of circumstances. Would I have decided differently looking back with 20/20 hindsight. In a word, NO. Others might well come to a different conclusion.

Reconstruction was never a serious consideration for me and therefore not a factor in my personal risk to benefit assessment of radiation. I wonder if most women are fully informed of the ramifications of radiation should they ever need or want reconstruction.

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You want Breast Cancer Awareness?  Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness is the awareness that really matters and yet is the breast cancer "awareness" that you could easily have never seen in the sea of pink nonsense.  Thank you Nancy for this post!!
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