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"…aren't humans the most invasive species of all? …we're also the only species in any position to do anything about it." -Joe Pitkin, Analog Science Fiction and Fact-
This wall hanging was created from the devasation left behind by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America (swipe right to see this beautiful creature). I like to imagine myself as creating beauty from damage.
Do you have scars or emotional damage that have left you feeling damaged? My physical body is covered in scars from countless surgeries, but none of them challenge my ability to accept more than my lumpectomy. Perhaps as I paint more of these wall hangings, I can reflect on transforming the ugliness of this scar into a symbol of the beauty of strength and survival.
Tag a friend and show your support for #breastcancer with a pair of these super cute, custom printed "Reaching for Hope" sneakers! 💜💜💜 We're going to donate 5% of every sale to @susangkomen to help continue fighting the fight! #StayPinkStrong
Rawality of double mastectomy.
8 days post surgery now ;
And I can finally look right at my breasts in reconstruction.
They are empty ; deformed , but what I HATE the most is not having my tight bandage on as the drains are then free to dang around and it hurts the opening as hell... Did you also have that?? It's sooo sensible.
Not everydays are good days. I cried a lot yesterday in the shower as I realized I could not feel the water running down my chest.
But Today ... I love my body. I love my life.
I don't know that part of my body yet , and it is sometimes very overwhelming .. It is for now very flat , I can see the expander on the side right under my skin.
But it's my body . And it is doing an amazing job at healing. I'm proud of that! It's not that pretty... but its still unique.
I felt very empowered looking at my flatted, strange looking chest today.
I don't feel less of a woman , I feel like a lucky woman who chose life and didn't give any chance to cancer to enter her body . I feel blessed.
This is not a boob job . This is loosing your own breasts .
I see and feel I have nothing under that skin except these rock hard tissue expanders, as Foobs are loading ... Monday 26 , plastic surgeon appointment to see if we can already start to expand my skin and muscle ... drains will go out anyway !
On March 5, I see my super sweet, lovely surgeon with who I feel so at ease. .
It's not an easy process... the roller coaster of emotions is here still . But that is alright. One day at a time. And everything will fall into place 💛
One week post mastectomy .
Some days are better than others... ☺🙃
I went for a lunch and a walk with my brother, getting some nice vegan pizzas for tonight.
Feeling weak after walks and very tired😴
I had a call from the hospital that I will get my drains out in one more week😝
I have to say that I start to get used to them🎀 they bother me less now, I am just used to carry them around 😁🤹♀️🛍
I feel a little sad because of the realisation that once my body heals the pain, I will anyway have some ongoing recovery to do concerning the new sensations in my reconstructed foobs . It feels like it will take some time .
Having my arms on my sides feel crazy .
I can feel my rock hard expander without feeling the outside of my breast which is a very unusual feeling.
Sensations changed : i now don't feel much on the outside but I feel everything that is happening on the inside.
But ... It's an adventure . New sensations , new part of my body i need to learn to know. Everything I knew on my breasts don't apply anymore.
how long did it take you to get used to the new sensations ?
how did you experience this discovery ?
It's exciting. But scary.. I know I'll make it through tho and I know you all will.
Shoutout to breasties; we are going to get through this and we are not alone !! Spreading love to all ♥️♥️♥️ I'm thankful for all the beautiful women I've met and will keep meeting throughout thislife changing adventure 💖
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6 days post double mastectomy 💖feels💖
Today I'm having quite a painful day.
I feel like my expander is pushing my chest so hard it will go out through my back and I swear I could actually feel my chest muscle that has been unglued to slide the empty expander under .
I accidentally touched the upper part of my breast again this morning and got again shocked of the new unknown feeling my (for now empty ) foobs are giving me.
I don't really feel anything anymore. I feel everything that happens in my chest but not on the outside anymore. My skin is senseless and empty , and that is a feeling I really need to take time coping with.
It feels all surreal.
But I'm healing good.... I love the way my body takes good care of me and of the healing process. A Matcha Tea with oatmeal milk for moody days... what else ?
Loads of love to all breasties 💕 we got this !
For all women who fought and continue to fight. I made a commitment about a year and a half ago to keep my hair as healthy as possible and donate it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Today I am overjoyed to be getting ready to send off my donation! #pantenebeautifullengths#breastcancerawarness
✨Sunday Coach Spotlight
I have to tell you about my amazing friend @c_wood72 !!!!
She inspires me EVERY SINGLE DAY.
She has been going through cancer treatment & yet is still so focused on her health/fitness. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Seriously, Cindy, you HAVE to know you are a rockstar!
So many people have the silliest excuses.
Excuses that drag them down for years.
They never just start.
Yet you show up.
Even though it’s not convenient.
Even though no one would blame you if you didn’t.
It doesn’t go without noice. You are simply awesome!