Christina Applegate had her last nude photo shoot the night before she had her double mastectomy in an attempt to rid her body of cancer. She told Oprah Tuesday that she decided to have the photos taken so she would always remember what the breasts she was losing looked liked.
Christina went on to explain that the doctors implanted “expanders” in her chest that will eventually allow a plastic surgeon to sculpt fake breasts for her. But in the meantime she said she is left crying everyday as she looks at her scarred and cut up chest that looks nothing like what she had before.
“You’ve got scarring and there’s a lot of things you’re missing…and the shape is not the same and it doesn’t feel the same and it’s hard to carry your purse and there are so many limitations. It’s sad. I cry at least once a day about it because it’s hard to overlook it when you’re standing there in the mirror.” But, despite the pain and heartache, Applegate joked there is a bright side to her surgery: “I don’t have to wear a bra… ever again.”
BIG props to Christina for talking about her experience and keeping a brave face for other women going through it now. It can’t be too much longer until they find a cure for this heinous disease or better yet, they figure out what we are eating/drinking/breathing/bathing in that is giving it to us.
Visit the Susan G. Komen website for more information on the latest research and treatments and early warning signs.