“In Search of True Informed Consent” (Wildfire Magazine)

Christy Avila is a career educator, mother, and explant and flat closure advocate. She founded the support group Fierce, Flat, Forward, and co-founded International FLAT Day. She has served as the Vice President of NPOAS since November 2019. Christy tells us more about her article “In Search of True Informed Consent” that was published in the mostContinue reading ““In Search of True Informed Consent” (Wildfire Magazine)”

Empowering Patients with a Bill of Rights

The Goal: Optimal Patient Care A cancer diagnosis is a harrowing experience. The patient must process a deluge of information and trust their medical providers to help them make the right treatment choices. But not every patient gets the best guidance, or the best care. Disparities exist, and oftentimes, the patients most in need ofContinue reading “Empowering Patients with a Bill of Rights”

Guest Blog: At the Intersection of My Flat Chest and an Antiquated System of Care

Women everywhere are calling for the standard of surgical breast cancer options to shift and include flat closure. We’re finally positioned culturally and historically to demand autonomy over our health care choices, and how we express our ideas of what is truly healthy and beautiful for ourselves. Breast cancer has become ground zero, where theContinue reading “Guest Blog: At the Intersection of My Flat Chest and an Antiquated System of Care”

NPOAS Exhibit at 2019 Pittsburgh SABCS Review

Not Putting on a Shirt will be exhibiting at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Review at the Pittsburgh Mariott this Friday January 24th. This important annual event provides for medical professionals who could not attend the San Antonio conference to learn about the cutting edge research presented there and to discuss the implicationsContinue reading “NPOAS Exhibit at 2019 Pittsburgh SABCS Review”

Tina – Flat Has Been Freeing

Editor: It’s been some months since we published our last personal story of going flat. Today we hear from Tina Rattunde, a woman who tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation after watching multiple family members deal with breast cancer. She chose to go flat in July of 2016. Her surgical oncologist wanted her to seeContinue reading “Tina – Flat Has Been Freeing”

Vermont Rep. Fegard Introduces Revision Bill

Breaking news! Vermont State Representative Charen Fegard has just introduced an historic bill requiring insurance coverage for revision surgery! Charen Fegard VT State Representative has just introduced a bill that will require healthcare stakeholders to decide on a clear coding and billing protocol for revision surgery for women who have chosen flat closure after mastectomy. WorkingContinue reading “Vermont Rep. Fegard Introduces Revision Bill”

Our Poster at SABCS 2019

We had a successful poster session at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) this past month, presenting a poster with the results of our original research, “Flat closure after mastectomy: are your patients satisfied with the results?” This research explored the patient experience going flat, including decision factors, satisfaction with cosmesis, provider pushback, andContinue reading “Our Poster at SABCS 2019”

Flat is Beautiful (Video)

A new resource is up on the website – the Flat is Beautiful video presentation, featuring many amazing flat advocates and advocacy projects. This 6 minute video is an introduction to going flat as a valid, beautiful mastectomy choice. Narrated by Kim Bowles of NPOAS. Transcript below the video. Transcript: Hi, this is Kim Bowles,Continue reading “Flat is Beautiful (Video)”