6 Women Share Why They ‘Went Flat’ After Their Mastectomies

Roughly 60 percent of women who undergo a mastectomy will opt to have reconstructive surgery to recover the familiar “look” of having breasts. However, there’s a growing movement toward going “flat” after a mastectomy.

The six women in the video below all chose to go flat after breast cancer. And, as it turns out, there might be some good reasons to join them.

For some women, like Melanie Testa, having breast reconstruction or wearing breast forms can feel like a lie. “I just don’t want to present two bodies,” she says. “I don’t want to walk out of my home with a breasted body and then return to my home and remove my breast and then have a flat body.”

For others, breast reconstruction simply isn’t an option, or at least it isn’t nearly as simple as it sounds. Cost can be a factor, or health issues may make any additional surgeries too risky. Marianne Duquette Quoso wanted implants and got them—but after several infections, she became one of the roughly 20 percent of women whose implants cause issues for them, and she decided to have them removed. Those who have post-reconstruction issues but choose to keep their implants may have trouble sleeping on their stomachs, deal with multiple infections, or experience other complications and discomfort.

Modern breast implants are often praised for looking and feeling real, but these ladies say they don’t always feel real (or even good) from the inside. Samantha West says, “In terms of sexuality, scars are very tender things. There’s feeling in my chest, and it’s still an erogenous zone, which doesn’t happen with implants.”

Dr. Deborah Axelrod says she believes the majority of women will still prefer reconstruction over going flat in the future. “We feel that if we’re going to take a body part off, that we should then replace it with something that looks just as good,” she says. “It’s the image of our bodies. We want to be whole.”

It should be each individual woman’s choice whether or not to have reconstructive surgery, but we can’t help but applaud the message the “going flat” movement sends to the world. Melanie sums it up by saying, “My body is good enough.”

Rebecca Pine adds, “Beauty is something in the mind and in the heart. We’re just as feminine, we’re just as much women as we were beforehand.”

Learn more about the brave women below and their incredible stories in the video below.

Source: https://blog.thebreastcancersite.greatergood.com/going-flat/

Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show!

On behalf of Phoenix Fashion Week & “Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump” it is our honor to invite YOU to walk the runway at our


Through your strength and courage as a breast cancer survivor, you are an inspiration to so many and we want to honor you the best way we know how…. by


Hosted at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort, the evening includes a runway show featuring survivors & local celebrities, a glamorous cocktail & shopping hour, exciting red-carpet experience, mingling with local tastemakers, live DJ for the ages and more. The night will also include a charitable live and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! http://www.checkforalump.com/

WHEN: Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Doors open at 6pm, Fashion show will start at 8:15pm.

Fashionably Pink will be the opening Runway show for Phoenix Fashion Week 2018!

Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you are able to participate in Fashionably Pink and I will get in touch with you with more details! I look forward to hearing from you!

September 2016 Highlights

The First Baptist Church Lander, Wyoming had donated hats.

We just received this amazing shipments of hats for women and children to use while in treatment for cancer. They were Donated by the ladies from the First Baptist  Church Lander Wyoming.  Thank you so much.

If you need some please let me know.  Phone: (623) 734- 0507   Email: cruelgirls1961@yahoo.com

The Pink Roadhouse Mammo Fund

New partnership ” The Pink Roadhouse Mammo Fund/ Rebas Vision” teaming up to provide AC service at no cost to women battling breast cancer in the West Valley.

Women’s Day Out Expo in Glendale

Please come out and see Reba’s Vision this Saturday at the Women’s Day Out Expo in Glendale it will be a fun-filled day with lots of prizes and goodies given away stop by and say hi and see what you can do to help stomp out breast cancer in the West Valley.  More Information

March 2016 Highlights

The Rotary Club of Surprise and A New Leaf will be holding a Taste of Surprise fundraising event on March 9, 2016 – More Information

March 06, 2016

Another amazing day for the armed forces support group at Sun City Grand. Carrabba had the honor of serving the golf tournament dinner.  I met some amazing veterans today.

March 03, 2016

Such a hard day at work.  Carrabba will be out at the ballpark every Thursday. I’m in the home run 10 … Enjoying chicken marsala pasta with pomodoro sauce, Caesar salad and bread for only $10 extra.  Hmmmm…  Delicious.

March 02, 2016

The Colonnade.  Surprise, AZ  – Women in Business Luncheon

March 01, 2016

West Valley Women – with Lisa K. Mason and Kathy Simpson Knecht at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria, AZ

December 2015 Highlights

Reba’s Vision Video Shoot by KLM Photos 

Published on Dec 6, 2015

At Sun City Grand World War Il appreciation Tribute

November 2015 Highlights

Peoria Firefighters Charities

Peoria firefighters charities… what an amazing organization.  They raised over $5,000 for Reba’s vision and the basket of Hope Project.  This money will go a long ways for providing mammograms for women who do not have insurance. And part of the money will be used for the baskets of Hope Project bringing baskets of hope from the community to both women and children who are currently in treatment for cancer. I work with such an amazing community.

Thank you for all your support.  I cannot express my appreciation. Y’all are amazing!  Thank you so very much,  Reba.

At Angela’s Kitchen.  November 13, 2015

At banner Lakes imaging being presented a check from caring transitions for $2,600 for the Reba’s vision.

November 08, 2015

Photo shoot today with Kim Photography. Amazing fun time.

Metastatic Cancer Awareness Day

Yesterday was Metastatic Cancer Awareness Day, the one day of Pink October dedicated to the only women who will die of breast cancer.

As you read this, I will, once again, be in a PET scan machine. Over the past year since diagnosed with mets, four with cancer, I have had approximately eight PET scans, about 35 CT scans,19 MUGA scans and a sprinkling of bone and other types of imaging tests, and 14 surgeries over the last 4 years.

Imagine the time that takes – the driving, the parking, the waiting rooms, changing, prep, lying in machine after machine. Hundreds of hours I’ve spent – no, thousands – not only waiting for tests, but waiting for doctors and waiting for treatment. I have likely had 500 doctor appointments over the past years – often going several times a week. My life is thoroughly medicalized and has been since my initial diagnosis.

Lying in these machines, waiting for them to probe through my skin and reveal the secrets lying beneath – to learn whether cancer is growing or retreating, whether I have time to live or it is time to prepare for death – I think. I think about what it means to have this disease take away your life piece by piece, health, job, functioning. But also what it means to be one of the lucky ones who enters remission and gets a reprieve from cancer and gets some of that back. And I think about how small we are in the grand scheme of things, and what makes us cling to life so desperately – and we all do, we all want it so much.

What I have mostly thought about is my family. I think about my loved ones. I submit my body to needles and chemicals and radiation and scalpels, for them, to see as much of their lives as I’m privileged to see.

As I sit in a darkened room with radioactive sugars dripping into my system, preparing for the test that will tell my fortune for the next few months, I will be thinking of my family. And maybe how hungry I am for Ice Cream.  xoxoxo.

Don’t forget, Metastatic Cancer Day is about real women. All we want as we are scanned and treated is to live long enough for the next milestone: to see a birthday, a graduation, wedding, or a grandchild. Our lives are like fireflies in an endless sky, blinking out quickly. But we have value while we are here. Without us, the person who may change the world may not come about.

We are worth money, and research dollars.

This was written by a woman named Ann.  In this blog I changed some of her words to encompass my story but every day I feel the same thing. The testing, the doctors wanting and willing to do whatever it takes to live and change women’s and men’s lives for Metastatic Cancer affect us all in some way or form in our lives.

Sonoran Living Filming

SONORAN LIVING FILMING AT THE HOUSE TODAY.  I am being featured Monday, October 12th live from 9 to 10,

The Sonoran Living Filming will show Monday the 12th between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. After 12 p.m. you can go to it on their website.  Then bits and pieces of it will be running all week