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June 15, 2013

Mastectomies and breast cancer genes are currently common topics in everyday conversation, due to Angelina Jolie's revelation that she has had prophylactic mastectomies. People seem fascinated by the fact that a woman who has won "Most Beautiful" honors would have this type of surgery. The recent Supreme Court loss by Myriad, which provides testing of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes to look for possible mutations, has also caused this to be a common point of conversation. (The Supreme Court found that no one can own a patent on a naturally ocurring gene.)

The rest of the world may be talking about mastectomies and openly sharing their opinions, but now is the time to reassure you that it's more than just a topic of idle conversation.

The fact that Jolie had mastectomies may bring comfort to BRCA+ women who worry about whether or not they are still completely female after undergoing mastectomies. There are a lot of celebrities who have had mastectomies and led or lead completely "whole" lives after having them. A popular page on Flattops is the Famous Women page, which contains portraits and short bios of more than two dozen famous women who have had surgery.

I feel that it helps to know that someone else has blazed the trail before you. Whether you have had a mastectomy on one or both sides, are BRCA1+ or BRCA2+ or neither, you may find the story of a woman who sounds just like you. There's Julia Child, the cook. Dianne Lennon and Carly Simon, the singers. Nancy Reagan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, interested in political causes. Erma Bombeck, Sarah Ophelia Cannon, and Wanda Sykes, the comedians. Joni Eareckson Tada, the artist. Giuliana Rancic, the female who is obsessed with the latest fashions. Knowing women have already been there and have made it through and have much more to them than their anatomy--that's a reassuring thing to know!

But, don't stop there. Flattops is a place where you can find everyday women who have been there, too. The Mailing List is a great place to connect with other women. Know that while this is a difficult bump in the road today, you can get through it.

Many others have already. You can, too.

What Does it Look Like?

August 5, 2011

Calling all brave souls!

Ladies, if you are willing to share about your post-operative scars and healing process, there is a new article in the works on Flattops. Do you remember when you faced cancer and a mastectomy/mastectomies? You were probably really curious and worried about how your appearance might change. Now you can help other ladies find out what their after-surgery results might look like.

Please see What Does it Look Like? for more information on how you can submit answers to questions, as well as G-rated, anonymous photos. The article is newly in the works, and doesn't read "right" yet.


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