I Love Seeing Women Embrace Their Scars Like This. It’s So Empowering!

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Going through a mastectomy can skew your sense of self. After all, breasts are a major part of our femininity — but that doesn’t mean they define you.

You can regain confidence in your body and your sense of self after breast cancer surgery. Each woman’s journey to acceptance is different, and each woman’s ultimate destination is different. That’s what this video is about.

“I still look in the mirror, and I still see the person that I was,” one woman says in the video. “I have scars, but that doesn’t take away from the person that I am, and the person that I have always been, and the person that I will always be. This is my body, and this is me, and I’m okay with it — scars and everything.”

These three women have found ways to love their bodies again, and we hope that you have too! Watch the video to learn more about their path to self-confidence and self-acceptance.

Beating breast cancer is a huge milestone, and many survivors like to share their mastectomy scars on social media, a choice that Facebook’s terms of service allows. In practice, however, many breast cancer survivors have experienced the shame and outrage of having posted a post-mastectomy photo only to have it flagged as inappropriate content and removed.

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.