This is my mother, Virginia Papa, a 6 year breast cancer survivor’s reaction to the glamorizing and trivialization of mastectomy scars.
"As a woman who had a bilateral at 42 I can tell you that if I had seen this right after my surgery I would have been sick with hurt. For some women losing their breasts is easy…for others like myself it was not. It was like a death. There was NO beauty in my scars to embrace…the beauty lies in the fact that I’ve been given 6 more years with my beautiful daughter. I share my scars my surgeon’s patients not because of beauty but because they need to see realistic, actual results of what they may look like…the women in these photos are in a minority with sharing their scars for a reason. It’s deeply personal and for some deeply painful. I really feel this downplays the impact of having your breasts removed…and forcing it on women who may not be ready to embrace themselves…it took me 6 years. There is no physical beauty in my scars, the beauty is the life I live in spite of them."
Here is the link to the article: http://blog.thebreastcancersite.com/the-scar-project/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=bcsfan&utm_campaign=the-scar-project&utm_term=20140705