How extreme that it took breast cancer to get me there. I now feel confident, brave, empowered and strong. I have embraced my new life and body shape after cancer. I feel that I have made the best of a pretty bad situation and taken control of how I want to live. I have turned a negative situation into a positive. I advocate for the right of a woman to be given all of the options after a mastectomy, and that includes the option to remain flat. And I have increased the visibility of women who choose to live flat.
I’ve worked with Dove on two campaigns now. The first #ShowUs saw my flat topless chest being shown on advertising billboards across the world, including Times Square, New York and Piccadilly Circus, London. One of the straplines of the campaign is, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” and this absolutely resonated with me because I’d never seen a photo of a breastless woman when I was faced with my mastectomy.