“Losing my breasts gave me a strength I wasn’t aware of. And
the strangers on my chest now remind me daily how resilient I
Posted on December 21, 2017, 15:01 GMT
We recently asked members of the
BuzzFeed Community to
tell us what they wish people knew about mastectomies. Here are
Mastectomies, or breast-removal surgery, are typically done to
treat breast cancer. But more people are now getting them to
prevent breast cancer because they are at very high risk — most
often because they carry a BRCA gene.
There are several different types of mastectomies, depending on
what kind of surgery is done and how much tissue is removed.
Examples include a total mastectomy, partial mastectomy,
radical mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and more.
Sometimes only the breast is removed, and other times the chest
muscle and lymph nodes must be removed as well.
Regardless of the type of mastectomy, there are many
preconceived ideas and misconceptions about what exactly it
entails. Here are some key facts people want you to know or
wish they knew before getting one. (Warning: This article
contains pictures of surgical scars and post-mastectomy
Some of the photos in this post were submitted by community
members along with their stories, which is noted in the image
[Responses have been edited for length and clarity.]