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ALL ABOUT: Going Flat at Mastectomy Everything you need to know about going flat at your initial mastectomy: Your Body, Your Decision The Expectation Gap How to Protect Your Choice Specific Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Documenting Your Wishes Finding a Surgeon Insurance Coverage for Flat Closure
Facebook Support Groups (Private) for Patients Facing Surgery
Note: NPOAS is not affiliated with these groups unless specifically noted.
Breastless & Beautiful We are living life Flat after Mastectomy due to breast cancer. Together, we are a network; supporting and exploring, considering and expressing a new body normal, together. Founded and run by BethAnne King, NPOAS Board member
Flat & Fabulous Founded by Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton & Barbie Ritzco, this closed group is for women who have undergone a mastectomy & are now living the Flat and FABulous life!
Fierce, Flat, Forward Fierce, Flat, Forward is a support group for women at different points of their breast cancer journey who are either flat, going flat, or wanting to research/explore “living the FLAT life”—whether or not they choose to present as such in their daily lives. Founded and run by Christy Avila, NPOAS Board member
Flat in Canada: Support and Advocacy A place where women in Canada can find support in choosing to remain flat (no reconstruction) after mastectomy. Women choosing to explant after reconstruction are also welcome.
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Public Flat Visibility Advocacy Projects
Linkage Beauty Movement We at Linkage Beauty Movement are here to stand firm in Beauty, Confidence, Acceptance and Strength. Guiding women into positive body ownership and appreciation for what we are chosen to bear.
Tout aussi femme Marie-Claude Belzile’s extensive flat advocacy and visibility project on social media in Quebec
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International FLAT Day Shares flat visibility images throughout the year and celebrates the flat community on October 7th Flat Fashion Projects
Why Explant? ALL ABOUT: Explant Will Explant Heal My Autoimmune Disease? Risks of Explant Surgery Flat Closure After Explant Further Reading on Explant
Fierce, Flat, Forward Fierce, Flat, Forward is a Facebook support group for women at different points of their breast cancer journey who are either flat, going flat, or wanting to research/explore “living the FLAT life”- has a strong focus on explant. Founded and run by Christy Avila, NPOAS Board member
Flat Denial Resources
A private Facebook support group for victims of flat denial I Wanted to be FLAT Founded and run by Kim Bowles, NPOAS Founder
ALL ABOUT: Flat Denial Flat denial is when a surgeon’s unilateral actions deny their patient a flat mastectomy result – either through negligence or intentional disregard. These results are egregiously poor, not minor defects.
Protect Your Choice Brochure Print this out to take with you to your surgical consult to ensure your revision surgeon can give you a good flat closure.
Other Breast Cancer and FLAT Resources
Flat Friends UK is dedicated to supporting women who have had single or double mastectomy surgery without breast reconstruction
The NCRH conducts, analyzes, and explains the latest research and works with patients, consumers, and opinion leaders to use that information to improve their own health and to develop better programs, policies, and services.
Working for health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer (including the Think Before You Pink project)
Educating and increasing awareness regarding breast implant safety.
Advocating and support for those living post mastectomy without reconstruction
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.
A volunteer-led, non-profit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for MBC patients.
BreastCancer.org is a comprehensive, reliable resource for information about breast cancer. More Information and Advocacy Resources
Barbara Kriss’ information, advice and support website for women considering going flat as well as those who are living flat
Nancy’s Point A blog about breast cancer and loss. Insight and cutting honesty about this terrible disease from author and survivor Nancy Stordahl .
Breast Advocate is an informational app created by a plastic surgeon (covers all reconstruction options, including flat)
Annual event celebrating FLAT – featuring the Flat is Beautiful brochure Founders include NPOAS Board members Christy Avila, Shana Whitehead, and Kimberly Bowles
Penser le Sein Feministe Marie-Claude Belzile’s new book (in French) – deconstructing the cultural narrative about going flat. Purchase your copy here!
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