Title: Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal
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not even trying to hide my transness anymore on facebook. doing everything short of saying the words “i am trans.” also i’ve started proudly displaying my mastectomy scars in the men’s locker room but unfortunately everyone is afraid of Gayness so no one looks at my chest

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not sure if this is still the case, but you initially said that fieldmouse was dfab and i was just wondering if xe had undergone any surgery (ex. a masectomy) to become more comfortable with xir body

yes, fieldmouse has had some form of mastectomy. i’m not sure if i’m going to go into detail about fieldmouse’s origins within the comic, so for now i’d like to keep quiet on the story behind it.

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Why I Like Not Having Breasts, by Nava Brahe

In June, 2014, I was diagnosed with early-stage cancer in my left breast. The news came about ten days after my very first mammogram. I had spent most of my adult life half-heartedly performing self-examinations, and never felt anything resembling a lump, so my diagnosis came as quite a shock.

It turned out my cancer was the kind that was not in lump form. It was in my milk ducts, and is known as invasive ductal carcinoma, and ductal carcinoma in situ. I was lucky enough to have both. There were about four centimeters of fully-developed cancer cells in total, and more warming up in the bullpen. To make things even more interesting, the doctors suspected that my lymph nodes also contained some malignant cells, and a biopsy proved they were right.

Lumpectomies are not an option with the type of cancer I had. When the surgeon told me it would be best to have a mastectomy, I looked at him, and without hesitation said, “Fine; take them both.” He sensed my certainty and replied, “Alright, we’ll do a double.”

I realize that most women are not particularly eager to part with their breasts. Boobs, titties, girls, knockers, fun bags, headlights – whatever you care to refer to them as – are the embodiment of womanhood. Without them, some of us tend to lose our identity. I never felt that way. At 47, I never had children, and, quite honestly, I never thought my breasts were particularly attractive. I am of Eastern European Jewish descent on both sides of my family, and I’d inherited a pair of low-hangers from my mother and grandmother. My nipples pointed towards the ground ever since I was a teenager.

Since I was a bit unlucky in the genetics department, my breasts proved challenging when it came to buying bras. I wasn’t burdened with a pair of mammoth, back-breaking breasts (I was a D cup), but as I got older, finding bras that fit me well became harder to procure. I was once molested by a saleswoman in a lingerie shop – the kind where they measure you and attempt to “fit” you into the best bra for your size and breast shape. The woman became extremely frustrated because my nipples refused to hold their place in the center of the cups. I kept trying to explain I’d been dealing with that problem most of my life, but she couldn’t find a shred of empathy for my plight. I was 34 years-old when that happened, and from that day forward, I had a sneaking suspicion that maybe I wasn’t meant to go through life with such troublesome appendages attached to my body.

Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t wishing for cancer. I was thinking maybe I’d go for a breast lift, or a breast reduction when I was older. I knew several women who were diagnosed with breast cancer, and watched a cousin to whom I was very close, suffer with metastatic disease. She’d had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy in the early 90s, and the cancer came back in her other breast. Then, it spread to her spine, and eventually to the rest of her body. When she died in 2005, I vowed that if it ever happened to me, I would “lop off my tits” without hesitation. And that’s exactly what I did.

The breast cancer lottery awarded me with the full enchilada. Because cancer was found in my lymph nodes, I had to undergo 16 rounds of chemotherapy, and 33 radiation treatments. Moreover, having 26 lymph nodes removed (five of them cancerous) left me with nerve damage and lymphedema in my left arm.

Despite all that, I am not sorry I got rid of my breasts. There will be no more mortification in the lingerie department, and gravity no longer has dominion over my nipples. Yes, my cancer might come back, but I’ll sleep better at night knowing I did everything I could to hopefully prevent that from happening.
Science and unchecked vanity might say that I mutilated my body, but I disagree. I made an informed, educated decision to do what I thought was best for me. And I’ll never get poked by an underwire bra ever again.  

RHONJ Amber Marchese Has Cancer... Again

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RHONJ Amber Marchese Has Cancer… Again

Real Housewives of New Jersey Star and well villain Amber Marchese is battling cancer for the second time around despite a double mastectomy.

Amber’s husband revealed to TMZ early today that the housewive  had surgery earlier this week to remove a lump she found a few weeks ago. Tests then revealed the lump was actually cancerous.

TMZ reports “We’re told she’s understandably scared but a fighter at heart and she believes with positive energy, she will beat it like the time before.”

Amber says she will “go forward like Superwoman.”

We send our love and prayers to Amber during this hard time!

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What's going on in your life right now?

I’ve had a very eventful year but right now I’m finishing up the year at the middle school where I’m teaching band and *gag* music appreciation. Living alone in an apartment that I love. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer but has since gotten a double mastectomy and is making a great recovery. The cancer is gone. Dating a cool kid named Zach who is coming to stay with me for a while pretty soon. Been driving a lot to visit him, our friends, and my dad and family. Jamming in my garage almost every weekend. I don’t wanna get into other stuff, the hard stuff, but I’m making it. Still breathing.

Free The Nipple

Censorship is an ongoing problem with the female body. Men’s bodies, specifically their chests are not censored. Society accepts a man’s bare chest, but if a woman is bare chested, she is considered nude. In Instagram’s nudity policy, women’s nipples cannot be shown (but mastectomy scaring and breastfeeding is allowed). In Facebook’s nudity policy it says that “we also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple” and then also says that mastectomy and breastfeeding pictures are allowed. Why is it that the rest of the breast is allowed to be shown, but showing the nipple is considered nudity? What makes a female’s nipple so much different than a male nipple? There is no mention of men’s nipples and why they are not censored. I believe this is simply a societal construct that has historically treated women as unequal, and historically they are taught to hide their sexuality. Currently there is a campaign entitled “Free The Nipple” which is where I got my title. The whole campaign supports this idea that female breasts should not be oppressed, and women should not be ashamed of their bodies.

I decided to design a project entirely based off of this inequality specifically in men and women bodies, focusing specifically on male and female nipples. I want to address this dominant sexualized stare at women’s breasts and nipples, and point out the discrepancies with the policies towards male and female nudity. In the book Staring: How We Look by Rosmarie Garland-Thompson, she states, “Even though breasts entice stares, the border between what can and cannot be seen gets cautiously negotiated.”

As an example, in 2004, at the Super Bowl halftime show, Justin Timberlake accidentally caused a wardrobe malfunction on Janet Jackson’s outfit, causing her nipple to become exposed, and forever having that moment go infamously down in history known as “Nipplegate.“  Janet Jackson even had to publicly apologize for her wardrobe malfunction as a result of America’s objection, and as Garland-Thompson said, “Jackson’s apology reassured the public that nipples should remain a private resource in the patriarchal family, not a titillating girly show.” I don’t think many people would have objected if Justin Timberlake performed on stage with his shirt off.

In my project, I took pictures of both male and female nipples and put these images together in a collage. Side by side, it is exceptionally hard to make a concrete decision, which nipple is male, and which nipple is female. To convince people to let me take a picture of their nipple was a harder task than I originally imagined. Even though the models could remain entirely anonymous, the reluctantness from women to show me their nipples further enforced this idea that their nipples are nudity, they should remain hidden, and society would judge them for having photographs of their breasts.

I decided to put together an online quiz. In this quiz, there would be 20 simple questions: each question with a picture of a nipple and simply an option between “man” or “woman.” I sent this quiz out to a lot of my friends, and I posted it on Tumblr and asked everyone to send me in their scores and responses. Not a single person who took my quiz and sent me their score got a perfect 20/20. The highest score someone achieved was 18/20, and the lowest score I received was 5/20. People’s comments in reaction to the quiz were probably the most interesting part.

  • Male: 14/20 “It kind of made me grossed out though seeing nipples without the context of the body. After seeing a few of them they stopped looking like a part of a human and just fleshy bumpy hairy things”
  • Male: 11/20 “This is disgusting. You’ve ruined nipples for me.”
  • Female: 13/20 “It’s really hard to tell. I got some wrong that I really thought were the opposite sex”
  • Male: 18/20 “This is nuts. If given any other context, the ones that protruded a lot were women, and the ones that were flat were men. And that idea just shattered for me” 
  • Male 18/20 “There was one that I convinced myself that it was the other gender and I was wrong. But that’s just a testament to how ambiguous that nipple was.”
  • Female: 17/20 “This is hard.”

Overall, the general consensus from the people who took the test was that the quiz was more challenging than they thought it would be. I wondered which gender would do better on the quiz over the other, but they were about the same. The average score for women who took the quiz was 15.8 and the average score for men was 14.4.  I related this concept back to Daniel Segal’s article, “Can You Tell a Jew When You See One?” Can you tell a male nipple apart from a female nipple? While there might be some typifications towards a male’s nipple (being more flat, not as large, hairier) and a female’s nipple (protrudes more, larger, not as much hair), these typifications do not always necessarily mean that they align to one sex over the other, and the quiz results support that.

The main point here is that women’s nipples are not neccesarily all that different from men’s nipples, and with that being the case, women’s nipples are censored for no real reason other than society’s set sexualization of women’s bodies and the historical context that women should cover their breasts.

Let’s change that.
Free the Nipple. 

- Grace Hill

Take the quiz here:

“Community Standards | Facebook.” Community Standards | Facebook. Facebook, n.d. Web. Apr. 2015.

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. Staring: How We Look. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

“Instagram Help Center.” Community Guidelines. Instagram, n.d. Web. Apr. 2015.

Segal, Daniel A. “Can You Tell A Jew When You See One? or Thoughts on Meeting Barbra/Barbie at the Museum” 1999. Web. 

Photographer Captures Precious Moment Mum With Cancer Breastfeeds Newborn Baby (Despite Undergoing Mastectomy)

Beautiful photographs of a mother with breast cancer feeding her newborn baby have gone viral - for all the right reasons. The touching images capture the moment a baby boy, who is just minutes old, feeds from his mother’s single breast. The brave… See More at :

This Woman's Heart-Wrenching Birth Story Is Nothing Short of a Miracle

The emotions that come with childbirth can be hard to contain as it is, but when your pregnancy is mired with the realization that you have Stage 3 breast cancer, it’s hard to imagine the feelings you’d have when you finally get to meet your baby, after months of chemotherapy treatments and a mastectomy. It’s something many wouldn’t even think is possible.

But for one woman, it was. Photographer Kate Murray captured the moment this strong mom not only held her son for the first time, but miraculously nursed him on her remaining breast. Murray posted the photos on her Facebook page and shared the story:

This is the definition of strength, love, and pure raw beauty. Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer halfway through pregnancy with her surprise gender baby. She had one breast removed and underwent chemo while carrying her miracle baby. She was induced at 36 weeks in order to receive more treatment. Baby BOY was born ready to prove to the world his strength he inherited from his strong mommy. He latched on to her remaining breast all on his own and the room erupted in so many emotions. Breastfeeding is such a sacred bond, and this one just makes my heart break and swell at the same time. I am beyond blessed to have met and gotten to know this woman and her family, and so honored she asked me to be there to document these precious moments.

Murray has encouraged her fans to share these images and to “continue to pray for this family as they go into their next journey together.” We, too, wish them nothing but the very best.

Preventive Mastectomies
  • Why are preventive masectomies and hysterectomies praised as a sign of feminism?
  • We could get cancer in any part of the body. Chances are that even when we know that we are susceptible to that cancer because it was common in our family we dont just remove that part of the body.
  • Why is it done for the breasts and womb alone and why is it praised?
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Best Bras Post Breast Reconstruction Surgery


Breast reconstruction surgery following a lumpectomy or mastectomy can often lead to some unique bra problems. This may become an added burden but with the proper care, you can feel comfortable and look great post-surgery.

Post-Surgical Care

Your doctor will recommend the best type of bra for you post-surgeries. A common recommendation is to wear a surgical compression bra. A medical-grade compression bra will hold your breast in place while simultaneously healing. This garment also help with proper drainage. Your doctor may also suggest a soft cup bra, non-underwire bra, or sports bra. Always follow your surgeon’s advice and bra recommendations during the healing process.

For women who are having a delayed reconstruction or more than one breast reconstruction surgery, I recommend an adjustable breast form. An adjustable breast form has removable filling that can be customized to your specific size needs. You can also remove the filling and the shell can be used to smooth the breast without any added size. The ability to reduce the size of the breast form is ideal for women who’d like to purchase only one prosthesis during the course of their surgeries. For more information, check out the Anita 1057X Equitex prosthesis.

Bras for Women with Breast Reconstruction

A main fitting difference for women with reconstructed breasts is the lack of nipples. Most bras have extra space to fit the nipple so women with reconstructed breasts may find that the cups gap or dent at the center. To help prevent this problem, I suggest a bra with heavy lining. A lined or molded cup can also help breasts look more symmetrical.

Most women who have had reconstruction surgery wear non-underwire bras. Not only are bras without underwire more comfortable, they are also more forgiving of uneven breasts. There are a great deal of supportive soft cup styles in a variety of colors and sizes. One good choice is the Wacoal Soft Cup Bra. This bra has no underwire and has double lining; I’ve fitted many women with reconstructive surgeries and they love it!

Bra Fitting Help Post Surgery

You will need to measure yourself to find your new bra size. This may be a difficult task so you may want to visit my store in New York City. If you can’t make it, feel free to call one of my bra fitting experts at 1-888-262-4887.

Source by Alison Govelitz

You know it kinda bugs me that I see tons of transmen that you couldn’t clock as trans without seeing mastectomy scars or being told. Testosterone seems to do TONS for transmen. Facial hair, voice deepening, muscle building… All kinds of stuff that helps you pass.

Estrogen an T-blockers only seem to do as much if you start early though. Later in life testosterone has just completely ruined you it seems.