I figured that by now, nine weeks post-mastectomy, I would have been fitted with a prosthetic breast. Unfortunately, due to swelling in the incision area and burns from my radiation, it will likely be months before I get my fake boobie. In the meantime, it is up to me to make peace with my new lop-sided physique. As far as I am concerned, there is no better way to make peace with your bod than adorning it with new clothes!
Although my closet is bursting at the seams with clothing, I can honestly say, “I have nothing to wear.” You see, all of THAT clothes was bought to fit the body of a woman with two breasts (what was the fashion world thinking????) Take for example the little number I am wearing at the beach in the photo below. I am pretty sure that if I put that on now, it would only be a matter of time before someone noticed that I have one breast. Ya think?
So today, I dusted off the ole VISA and hit the mall in search of a new style. My old motto: “If you got if, flaunt it”, is just not cutting it right now. I therefore adopted a new motto: “If you got it, flaunt it. If you ain’t got it, hide it.” Hence the assortment of black, flowing tops. So here I am, decked out in my new threads. Whadda ya think? (Stay posted for the Victoria’s Secret spread next year after my reconstruction).
Tip: Cancer will likely change your body. You may lose or gain weight, lose your hair, or even lose a breast or two. Make peace with your new body, and dress it in a way that makes you feel both beautiful and comfortable.