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Naked Post-Breast Cancer Bodies Will Fill Your Heart With Hope (NSFW)

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We’re heading into Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Care, a UK-based organization, has launched a major advertising campaign to promote confidence and positive body image after breast cancer. The photos and accompanying video are unbelievably beautiful, showing us that beauty is hardly lost to a breast cancer diagnosis.

While breast cancer is far from the death sentence that it once was, the ramifications of treatment can have far reaching effects long past achieving cancer-free status. Rachel Rawson, a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Cancer care, says:

Treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone drugs can leave a woman with many physical and emotional changes to deal with. These may include not being able to have children, loss of femininity, feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as not feeling sexy or sexually attractive.

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While healthy, cancer-free women grapple with body image and confidence, women with breast cancer deal with an entirely new set of challenges. Their bodies undergo significant changes (including the obviously physical options of losing one or both breasts) and they left to put their lives back together with a strikingly different body than the one they started out with. The hit that body image takes after breast cancer is staggering—Breast Cancer Care released the following statistics:

 88% said the disease and its treatment has had a negative impact on the way they now feel about their bodies. In addition, two thirds said it had affected their sexual and intimate relationships and many had experienced lower self esteem and a ‘loss of self’ compared to how they felt before their diagnosis. Over half (52%) said they felt uncomfortable undressing in front of a partner.

In order to confront these ramifications, Breast Cancer Care’s new campaign show women beautifully photographed post-cancer, showing surgery scars, and displaying confidence. The accompanying video shows interviews with the models, who talk about the effects of surgery and their acceptance and celebration of their bodies. Seriously, even my blackened heart sang and I teared up.

Rawson also talks about achieving the “new normal” after breast cancer, and she highlights the importance of open communication with the people in your life, and relying on professional support (Breast Cancer Care alone offers advice on how deal with post-chemo hair and eyelash issues and finding bras that will work with survivors’ new bodies).

What I love most about these images are the looks of defiant confidence on the women’s faces. They all look stunningly beautiful, and hopefully will inspire more confidence among the hundreds of thousands of women grappling with the body image issues related to Breast Cancer.

 Photos: Breast Cancer Care

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  • Adi

    This moved me, and being the cold-hearted, emotionless person I am, this says something. Simply incredible.