Kourtnii’s Story: I Struggled to Get the Flat Surgery I Chose

Kourtnii was faced with a DCIS diagnosis at the age of 26. She wanted a double mastectomy without reconstruction but repeatedly received intense, paternalistic pushback from the surgeons she consulted. Ultimately she had to have two separate mastectomy surgeries and didn’t get the aesthetic outcome she wanted. She does not regret her decision to stayContinue reading “Kourtnii’s Story: I Struggled to Get the Flat Surgery I Chose”

Charen’s Story: Authenticity & Health

Charen, a legislator in New England, made an informed choice to go flat after her prophylactic bilateral mastectomy for BRCA-1. She prioritized her health and function as well as having a short surgery and recovery period. Her surgeon respected her wishes. Two weeks after surgery, Charen was back to hiking and living her life! DueContinue reading “Charen’s Story: Authenticity & Health”

Dee’s Story: I Wish I Opted Not to Reconstruct

After her breast cancer diagnosis, Dee reconstructed with textured implants and had them for twelve years before one ruptured, resulting in multiple complications. She learned about BIA-ALCL and breast implant illness after the fact, and explanted only to have her surgeon intentionally deny her the agreed upon flat closure. Dee suffered greatly because of herContinue reading “Dee’s Story: I Wish I Opted Not to Reconstruct”

Samantha’s Story: She Wears Her Scars Like a Warrior

Samantha was only 31 with a young family when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She deliberated carefully and decided on a bilateral mastectomy with aesthetic flat closure. Her surgeon did an amazing job. Samantha wants women to feel empowered to make the right choice for them, whatever that choice may be. “She wears herContinue reading “Samantha’s Story: She Wears Her Scars Like a Warrior”

Lori’s Story: I Chose AFC for Quality of Life

Lori leads an active lifestyle and chose to go flat ten years ago, before “aesthetic flat closure” was on the books. Her surgeon pushed back because of her age, but ultimately respected her wishes, and Lori is happy with her choice. I chose aesthetic flat closure 10 years ago before it had a name. IContinue reading “Lori’s Story: I Chose AFC for Quality of Life”

Melinda’s Story: Intentional Flat Denial 10yrs Ago

Melinda was 60 years old when she learned she had breast cancer for the second time, and decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with no reconstruction. However, her surgeon had other ideas and said that going flat was “a bad idea.” Melinda was never satisfied with her closure. Ten years later her dermatologist confirmed thatContinue reading “Melinda’s Story: Intentional Flat Denial 10yrs Ago”

Fiona’s Story: I Instantly Knew I Would Stay Flat

Even though Fiona knew immediately that she wanted to stay flat after her mastectomy, she met with pushback at every turn.  Her surgeon required that she have a psychological consultation before agreeing to remove her “healthy” breast. She was treated as “less than” because of her decision to go flat. She was not given anContinue reading “Fiona’s Story: I Instantly Knew I Would Stay Flat”

Ara’s Story: No Regrets

Ara was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer and chose to have a bilateral mastectomy after her initial lumpectomy failed to remove all of the disease. Ara’s surgeon was very supportive of her choice to go flat, and she has never regretted her decision. I chose double mastectomy and no reconstruction in 2000 when myContinue reading “Ara’s Story: No Regrets”

Melissa’s Story: Breasts Don’t Define Me

Melissa learned she was a BRCA carrier after losing her mother and sister to cancer in short order. She chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction and believes that breasts do not define who she is as a woman. My mother was a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed at age 64, she underwent chemo,Continue reading “Melissa’s Story: Breasts Don’t Define Me”

Natasha’s Story: PBM & No Regrets

Natasha, a nurse of 20 years, had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (PBM) after testing positive for the ATM gene mutation. She chose not to reconstruct and has no regrets. After discovering I had a genetic mutation (ATM mutation) last February 2021, I had choices to make. I learned that I was at higher than averageContinue reading Natasha’s Story: PBM & No Regrets