Who else has heard that they if they have flat closure reconstruction, they won't feel/be sexy, feel/be whole, be desirable, they'll need therapy, or any of the other lines of BS? 🙋🏻♀️
As a young woman and mother (31 years old at diagnosis in 2017), I felt especially pressured to reconstruct with implants or through a flap procedure. I was told by the plastic surgeon I consulted with that my self esteem would "suffer" if I chose flat closure.
And, even though I trusted my intuition and proceeded with flat closure, I still prepared myself to be upset when I looked in the mirror the first time after my mastectomy... because of that remark. But what I experienced when I looked was far from disappointment.
For a brief moment, I didn't even notice my breasts were gone (I had no boobs, no hair on my entire body, a gnarly scar and drains...) What I saw for first time in my entire life, was my beauty in the truest sense... which had nothing to do with my breasts (or lack of). Discovering my inner beauty that day in 2017 has been the catalyst for all my advocacy work.
This is part of the reason I put myself out there with my photos. It is part of the reason I felt compelled and committed to playing a role in the forming of Flat Closure NOW. It is part of the reason we are building the world's largest photo gallery of flat and unilateral mastectomy photos, which can be seen here (want to submit a photo? Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The reconstruction decision - whether to have an aesthetic flat closure or a form of breast mound reconstruction - is the patient's decision and their decision alone.
I'm an advocate because I want patients to know that you CAN feel whole, sexy, happy & healthy after going flat. I'm an advocate because I want surgeons to provide the patient with ALL of their options and then LISTEN to and RESPECT their decision.
I want every single flat closure patient to have an aesthetic, beautiful result like mine. #THISisAestheticFlatClosure
Hi, my name is Emily Hopper 👋 I'm currently serving as the Vice President of Flat Closure NOW and I'm #FLATAF, sexy, happy and whole 🙆🏻♀️🔥👋