What Lies Beneath - Body Confidence After Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

I recently posted pictures of my new prosthesis on social media and it caused a stir. My "selfie-esteem" was bolstered by "likes" and smiling emojis, but offline I was asked why I wanted to share something so personal and that maybe these things should be hidden away...

From Bilateral Mastectomy to Naked Spa!

Mandy Riches | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

I hope through sharing this we can help other women in similar situations. I know I can only speak for myself and I was lucky enough that the nipple-sparing surgery still enabled me to keep some resemblance of what was previously there, but if my experience helps one woman feel slightly better about their future or less scared then I will be happy.

The Trials of the Lingerie Aisles - Buying Bras after Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

My love of coordinated lingerie is perhaps only one step away from my Mother's entreaties to wear clean pants in case of an accident, even though I would hazard a guess that just before impact it's not just brakes that skid in any road traffic accident.

I'm So Vain - Body Image after Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

It is now over a year since I completed what is termed "active treatment". Now I hate to seem ungrateful but however delighted I am to be alive, I would still welcome a head of hair without a bald patch, eyebrows that do not need drawing on each day and eyelashes that reach a lash count in excess of ten.

Breast Cancer Survivor Gets Stunning Mastectomy Tattoo To Feel Beautiful Again

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More and more women are opting for elaborate mastectomy tattoos as opposed to replicate nipples after beating breast cancer - and this is one of the m...

What to Pack for Your Double Mastectomy

Charlotte Wood | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

It is important that when you go into hospital you have everything you need, along with a few home comforts to make you feel better. Feeling prepared for surgery will relieve some of the anxiety.

Artist Weaves Gold Into People's Scars To Tell Their Heroic Stories

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An artist is weaving gold into people's scars to tell stories of how they've bravely overcome the struggles life has thrown at them. Hélène Gugen...

Reconstruction, Reinvention, Redirection

Rozina Ali | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rozina Ali

As a breast reconstruction specialist, I am acutely aware of how our mastery of breast reconstructive surgery has extended the role of surgical intervention to healthier and younger lives.

What Is a Breast?

Liz O'Riordan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz O'Riordan

Every breast is different, and they can change dramatically over a woman's lifetime. Some are perky, some saggy, they can weigh anything from 100g to 1.5kg, and nobody has an identical pair. I tell my patients that their breasts are sisters, not twins, so when I operate, I'm not promising symmetry and perfection, I'm trying to recreate what they already have.

What Happens When Your Breasts Are Removed...

Charlotte Wood | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

So after making the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy due to carrying the BRCA1 mutation the time had come, at the weekend I was at the races with my friends, a few days later I was to have my breasts removed. I did not want to die of breast cancer considering my risk was about 85%. I have watched cancer destroy my family and I needed to put a stop to it.

The Health Benefits of Not Conforming

Karen Dobres | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

In the society I live in I'm told I look best with a shaped, rounded and lifted upper chest. So I do it sometimes, despite some evidence that it may not be best for my physical health, and my own growing suspicion that it may not be good for my mental health.

Stella McCartney Shares Powerful Mastectomy Photos For Breast Cancer Awareness

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A series of raw images showing women's breasts, post-mastectomy, has captured the attention of Stella McCartney (and the nation). The designer has ...

No Less a Woman

Laura Dodsworth | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Dodsworth

The loss of a breast, or a scar, the diagnosis, treatment and recovery will mean different things to different women - we are individual, complex, nuanced. I wanted to tell these women's stories and share the brave, sad, painful, moving and sometimes even funny truth. This is how they look. This is how they feel.

Mum From Mastectomy Breastfeeding Photos Speaks Out About Life With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mother, whose emotional breastfeeding photographs went viral earlier this year, has spoken out about her experience of cancer. Sarah Whitney, 31,...

M&S Cancer Awareness Campaign Misses the Mark...

Karen Dobres | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

Remember the viral campaign, written about so eloquently here by breast cancer survivor and friend Nicola, that challenged women to 'Hold a Coke Between Your Boobs' and post a selfie of it? For breast cancer, of course. Except, had you had a mastectomy, then, sorry, you couldn't take part.

Breast Cancer Survivor Reveals The Beautiful Mastectomy Tattoo That Changed Her Life

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When she was just 28 years old, Dana Donofree underwent a double mastectomy which left her feeling "awkward" and "unfinished". Her underwear drawe...

Breast Cancer Survivors Show Surgery Scars In Response To #ShowYourStrap Campaign

PA Real Life | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A number of sufferers have now bravely bared their mastectomy scars under their own campaign called #ShowYourScar. The campaign, which has been gat...

BRCA1 and My Preventative Double Mastectomy

Charlotte Wood | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

If my mum had this surgery all those years ago I would still have her here to guide me. Instead, I have a memory box full of random items such as an old pill box and her hospital bands. To most people these might seem like junk, but to me it's all I have left of her. Now and then I go and sit on the floor and empty the box and read some of the notes in there and her old diary.

Woman's Lighthearted Mastectomy Photos Show Laughter Is The Best Medicine

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman's double mastectomy photos are making waves after she chose to look on the bright side ahead of her preventative surgery and prove that she ha...

Cancer - Positive or Negative? You Decide

Claira Hermet | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claira Hermet

I have never had breast cancer. I have watched 2 of the people I love most die of breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy to avoid it. I wasn't sure that i would know what to say but I of course said yes. I'm really glad I did say yes.

How One Student Is Changing The Face Of Mastectomy Lingerie

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Style

A soon-to-be London College of Fashion graduate has launched a beautiful range of underwear for women who have undergone mastectomies. Elle Goldie,...

Two Mastectomy Survivors Walked Topless Down A Runway For A Brilliant Reason

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Style

When genderless lingerie company Play Out did a photoshoot featuring breast cancer survivors as models, the Internet saluted their incredible awarenes...

Breast Reconstruction, and Why 'Living Flat' Is an Acceptable Option

Sarah Cretch | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Cretch

This group has been invaluable in helping me come to terms with my post-surgery body. Being part of this community I know I am not "militant" as one of the hospital nurses described me, but just a woman who was absolute in her resolve to avoid any additional surgery. For me, getting back to normal life after cancer is not about getting a new breast but getting as healthy as possible, as quickly as possible. The truth is I have lost my breast to cancer and no surgery will replace it.

Woman With Breast Cancer Has The Best Response To The #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who underwent a double mastectomy after suffering breast cancer has a strong message for the people who created the #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsCha...

Woman Shares Pre-Emptive Bilateral Mastectomy Photos On Reddit

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Please note: This report contains images of a graphic medical nature. A woman who has undergone a pre-emptive bilateral mastectomy has shared regul...