Flat Friends UK may be the new kids on the charity block but they are wasting no time making their presence felt. As the only charity solely dedicated to supporting women facing or living with mastectomy without reconstruction in the UK, they have a few tales to tell about the sometimes negative and upsetting images often doing the rounds during ‘Pinktober’ – and are launching their own #allwoman campaign to promote a more realistic yet altogether more positive image of life after breast cancer surgery.
#allwoman was chosen as a way to highlight the very real and feminine qualities of women after mastectomy without reconstruction, and to spread more positive body images. Using the hashtag #allwoman and the text:
– women will share photos of themselves which make them proud to be living unilaterally or bilaterally flat, whether they wear prostheses or not. They may also add #breastfree, #nobreasts or #onebreast to their status if they wish.
It is important that women facing or living with mastectomy without reconstruction see that living without one or both breasts does not have to limit their life and experiences as a woman, and that healthcare professionals, society and the media understand that women who have had a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction can live happy, fulfilling lives. Gilly added: