“I was diagnosed with two tumours and DCIS last year, and mastectomy was my only option. I pleaded for both breasts to be removed, I knew instantly that reconstruction was not an option for me, but I was told I was having a knee jerk reaction – in effect, I couldn’t possibly know my own mind, I was only 55, so what did I know.
My first mastectomy and finding Flat Friends coincided in August 2015, and I realised the refusal of doctors to consider a bilateral mastectomy when only one breast was affected was a common experience.
At last I knew I wasn’t weird for wanting to go flat and had my second mastectomy in January 2016, which turned out to be a good choice as I had extensive neoplasia in my “healthy” breast.
I love being a member of FFUK: everyone is so positive and if anyone is having a hard time, then we all jump in their pocket and take the ride with them as best we can. And I loved being part of the calendar: there was lots of fun and laughter on the shoot. I look forward to the next meet up because these girls are all bonkers!”