Share Your Story

Did you choose to go flat after your mastectomy (or explant)? We want to hear your story!

NPOAS has been publishing women’s stories on our blog since our inception in July 2018.

Women gain so much from sharing our stories together as a community – but social media and online support groups have limited reach. We wanted to not only give individual women a voice and a platform, but to enable those women who aren’t on social media to access that same feeling of affirmation of their own experience and feelings. What we found was this…

Amplifying women’s voices is a powerful tool for change.

Other patients are edified, and providers are educated, by reading your story. Each and every one of us has a story to tell and we want to continue to enable women to speak out publicly and tell our truths.

Guidelines for writing your story:

Your story is your own. It is your unique, authentic voice. No two stories are the same! Most women write 4-6 paragraphs, or a half to full page, covering these general points:

  • How you entered the mastectomy world
  • Your surgical experience, including any experience trying breast reconstruction, and whether your wishes were respected
  • How your surgical experience and results affect your life and health moving forward
  • What you’d like other women facing mastectomy to know

[View some examples]

NPOAS may make minor grammatical and spelling corrections and/or use the images you provide and/or other images selected by the editor. We may also preface your story with an editorial comment. Please let us know if you’d like to see the final inclusive version before we publish your story on our blog. We may also elect to publish your story on our page for providers, Patient Perspectives. In sending NPOAS your story, you agree to these terms. If you change your mind and want your story to be unpublished, please let us know and we will do our best to remove it from our platforms.

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