The author wears a grey blouse, with a draped neckline and an untied sash collar.
Self drafted cowl neck

In November 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through chemo, a unilateral mastectomy where they removed my left breast and several lymph nodes, then followed radiation therapy and now 10 years of medicine to stop the cancer from returning. Because of cancer treatment, I have lymphedema, which means that my left arm and hand is always swollen and bigger than the right. I have to wear a compression sleeve and glove all the time, to keep the swelling from increasing and hurting. Because of the lymphedema I cannot wear a prosthesis nor get reconstructive surgery…

So, I live with body asymmetry.

I am a single mum and used to taking care of everything myself from fixing a leaky drain to baking cute pink birthday cakes, but all of a sudden, I had to hand my body and my life over to doctors, and it was a... [read more]