Living With Confidence Post Mastectomy

Happy 3 year anniversary to me!

Mental Health

Losing my breasts was a traumatic experience, but nothing could prepare me for what life would be like after the double mastectomy surgery. I was left feeling mutilated, less attractive, and anger and depression consumed me for a long time. What an ugly scar I have to look at every single day, a painful reminder that I am indeed a warrior.

It took me a while to really accept that this is what my breasts were going to look like and that there was always a chance the cancer could come back. With the support of friends and online support groups I re-gained my confidence, however my anxiety still remains and the thought of the cancer coming back overwhelms me.

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Physical Changes

Self esteem and mental health go hand in hand. Re-building my self esteem was definitely a challenge and a slow process but I am happy with the results. I’m focusing on my fitness: hiking, snowboarding and going to the gym. But I can’t say the same for food. I’m eating whatever I want and still drinking my wine everyday. What can I say? Living in Barcelona you can’t say no to wine!

None of my old bras really fit me anymore. I wear them sometimes but the wire makes it so uncomfortable. Till this day I barely have any feeling in my breasts, but I’ve learned to accept that.

Check Ups

Annually I get my blood tests done and this year I will get a scan (super anxious about this)

Just wanted to keep this short and sweet! If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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Special thanks to Rey Trajano and Julian Morales for making me look beautiful for my photoshoot.

Photographer: Rey Trajano
MUA: Julian Morales
Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Elizabeth Kim – Cedar Sinai
Breast Surgeon: Dr. Armando Giuliano – Cedar Sinai
Oncologist: Dr. Mary El-Masry – Cedar Sinai

One of my amazing girlfriend just launched her weluvtohate.com T-shirts. “Hate messages for a better world.” Please support!

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