a brave or experienced soldier or fighter /
“Stand up and show the world who you are. Enjoy the freedom that comes from self-acceptance and self-love. You are worthy of it!
You cannot change the past. It is done. Leave it behind you, rather than allowing it to anchor you in place and keep you from moving forward. There is hope in looking forward and freedom in letting go. You deserve to have both. If I can do it, so can you!
I was stage one and did not have to think twice about it. I wanted them both off. I found the lump in my left breast in the shower mid-July and bilateral mastectomy surgery was August 13th. Best decision of my life! I am honored to be a part of this!”
—ERIN, Stage 1 – Ohio
Aesthetic Flat Closure
aesthetic flat closure (es-THEH-tik flat KLOH-zher) A type of surgery that is done to rebuild the shape of the chest wall after one or both breasts are removed. An aesthetic flat closure may also be done after removal of a breast implant that was used to restore breast shape. During an aesthetic flat closure, extra skin, fat, and other tissue in the breast area are removed. The remaining tissue is then tightened and smoothed out so that the chest wall appears flat. Visit Cancer.Gov
To learn more about being flat:
To hear the stories of a wonderful variety of flat sisters sharing their joys and challenges, check out the podcast FLAT is where it’s at flatiswhereitsat.libsyn.com
Considering going flat (“aesthetic flat closure”) after your mastectomy? We provide free comprehensive information, tools and resources to help you advocate for your choice at NotPuttingonaShirt.org – surgical guides, brochures, a photo gallery, a directory of flat friendly surgeons, and more.
“Living flat 24/7 has given me the confidence and bravery I never had before. And freedom. Unconditional freedom to be who I am, unapologetically, wear whatever I want, and live happily flat out loud.”
—ROCKI, Arizona, Stage 0