Woman B: I have breast cancer and I had a single mastectomy last year because the tumor in one of my breasts had turned into painful necrotic tissue and was basically rotting inside of me. Surgery is not a treatment when you have metastasis like I do.
Woman C: I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 31. The week before surgery, I realized I was slowly becoming more stressed and irritable.
I was also very intimidated by the idea of once again forming a new identity. On top of that, I had quickly gained about 30 pounds during chemo from the steroids that are given during treatment and from stress-eating.
My hair was finally starting to grow back; as a natural redhead or strawberry blonde, it was a shock when my new hair began to come back platinum blonde.
Woman A: The mastectomy and reconstruction were all one procedure: They came off and were put back in immediately.
Not getting nipple reconstruction isn't something I regret.
After two years of dating, David Mosher had planned to propose to his girlfriend Heather Lindsay after falling for the swing-dancing beauty, However, the day the couple was set to get engaged, they were blindsided by terrible news. She struggled with her cancer through the traditional chemotherapy.” Despite undergoing chemotherapy treatments, one year later, David and Heather, 31, had learned that the cancer had spread to her brain and lungs. 30, the couple was forced to push it up as doctors feared Heather would not make it.