Making a commemorative breast cast 1
Since 2000, Keep-A-Breast.org has been collaborating with talented artists to help women kind of, sort of keep their breasts by creating beautifully painted molds of their boobies before they are surgically removed. Better yet: participants’ casts may be auctioned off to help support breast cancer research and awareness efforts.
Getting mastectomy scar tattoos 2
It’s hard to believe Facebook administrators ever found this pic offensive enough to warrant being taken down. What? This photo is beautiful! It was taken by Ontario-based custom tattoo artist, Lee Roller. Roller created this one of a kind tattoo bralette for a breast cancer survivor who wanted to celebrate her new body. According to Roller, his brave customer even gave him her blessing to share the pic. Within days of the pic going up, it went viral. Though it was taken down for a brief period, Facebook has since allowed it back onto the social networking site, where it has been shared with countless survivors, and subsequently inspired them to get similar tattoos.
Designing & wearing beautiful monokinis 3
Created by breast cancer survivor Elina Halttunen collaborated with a group of Finnish fashion designers to create, Monokini 2.0, a gorgeous swimwear line for women who’ve had mastectomies.
Casting stories 5
Before she passed away from breast cancer, Sandy Berninger made these plaster casts, and rubber-stamped them with women’s stories about breasts and body image.
Get fit 6
Just five months after her last reconstruction surgery, Maj. Melissa Wright decided she wanted turn over a new, healthier leaf, so she started doing the ever-popular “Insanity” workout program. But wouldn’t you know it, the “Insanity” program caused her irradiated skin to break blood vessels. Ugh! Determined to keep going, she contacted the Marine Corps Community Services, and enlisted their help in getting healthy, the safe way. By 2012, she’d lost 20 pounds and even participated in a bodybuilding competition. She’s living proof that where there’s a will, there is always a way!
With grace 7
Created by a trio of sisters who all survived breast cancer, The Grace Project re-envisions breast cancer survivors as classical heroines in a series of beautiful (but totally NSFW) portraits.