After getting a double mastectomy, this 52-year-old woman is embracing her breastless life. She said, “The boobs took early retirement. I'm glad they're gone because I feel safer It doesn't need to be scary, and it shouldn't. Having breasts shouldn't … define who you are as a woman”.
According to breastcancer.org, around 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
However, unfortunately, there is not a lot of awareness about the topic. Women who live their life breastless after a mastectomy are still taboo.
To break the stereotypes and to live her life to the best, Christina Belding, a 52-year-old from Dartmouth, decided to not get breast reconstruction surgery after her mastectomy. She lives in Dartmouth and lives a happy life there by indulging in her favorite sports and roaming around the beaches topless.
She’s unselfconsciously revealing her flat chest with two 20-centimeter scars where she had breasts before cancer invaded her right breast.
Talking about her operation, Belding said,
“My breasts already had a good time, and more than enough fun. I'd sooner have a flat start than trying to reinvent the past with boobs.”
The 52-year-old first noticed a lump in her right breast during self-examination and underwent a double mastectomy at the IWK Health Centre in early March just a day before she turned 52. She opted for what's known as esthetic flat closure, a procedure in which the surgeon creates a smooth, flat chest with no excess fat or skin.
In the world where post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is the norm, she decided against it.
“The boobs took early retirement. I'm glad they're gone because I feel safer It doesn't need to be scary, and it shouldn't. Having breasts shouldn't … define who you are as a woman”
Her main focus in life has always been being in the best of health and being breast free ensures her safety. She said she was never up for more invasive surgeries just for breasts that had no purpose other than looking fine in clothes. She believes she looks better than she looked before.
Moreover, going breastless has given her more freedom. She can enjoy sports like rowing even more.
Of course! As expected she gets a lot of stares and questions. However, the thing that puts her off is the fact that people, instead of asking how her journey was, jump to the part where they ask her if she will get breast reconstruction or not.
Belding said her choice to undergo a double mastectomy and esthetic flat closure isn't for everyone and isn't a guarantee she'll beat cancer. But it's her best shot at beating cancer, along with taking oral chemotherapy drugs to reduce its recurrence
Article source: Yahoo news