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Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: May 16 5:24am | Replies (120)

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@cindylb ….. good q :). And hugs back xxx
One must consider too some of the potential risks of tattoos (allergy to dyes etcetc – rare … but…… hey, we’re all familiar with just how meaningless THAT term might be if we’re ‘the’ 1 🤷🏻‍♀️😊)….
For ME…. I find the tattoo option empowering, adorning, Body art. And not at all something I’d feel the need to hide….. a way of taking back proud control. All of this journey can be a mind game, yes? What stories we tell ourselves(and BELIEVE) to either boost or diminish self confidence and esteem. And how much/where we get to buck (oftentime ridiculous) cultural expectations/‘norms.
If I wore a sheer, MAYBE I’d wear a cami to layer???? Probs not. I see this as no different than ANY woman’s choice (with breasts, or nipples, or tats, or NOT…) ….. am I comfortable with that sheer/white AT THAT moment, for THAT occasion, or not? Sometimes (being me 🤷🏻‍♀️😊😬) I ‘d likely intentionally wear something ‘showy’ of the tattoo art precisely TO invite discussion and awareness…. and buck silly societal ‘norms’ ….other times….. yeah, NOT.
When you had breasts, the decision was the same, no? Were u comfortable with the sheer/white garment….. or not??? (Hypothetical q for YOUR introspection, not necessarily answering ME 😊😊😊😘🙏🏼💓)…. xxxxxxxxx infinitely

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doyoga….thanks for the reply and your thoughts. I'm still on the fence but there's time (so far anyway)…..At first I was uncomfortable a bit and felt the need to explain to people that I'd had cancer and that's why I looked so flat. Now I really don't think about it that way. It's just the new normal and one which I personally like better than my previous breasts. I have had so much surgery in the last five years (biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy and revision surgery that any more 'procedures' slows me down in terms of tattooing. I do have a tattoo that I got when I was 18 years old…..I was a vanguard, ha ha. It's small and although it raised some eyebrows back then, I have never regretted it and didn't find the tattooing at all painful or uncomfortable. I guess I'll wait a while longer and see if more surgery is necessary. I'd hate to spend the time and then have yet another breast surgeon ruin the art of it. Hugs to you!!

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