BRCA1 may not ring a bell with you but I'm sure the 'Angelina Jolie gene' does...
Last year I talked about going through #chemo. This post is about my choice to undergo a #bilateralmastectomy & #breastreconstruction after testing positive for #brca1 while going through treatment for #breastcancer. Having a mutation in this gene significantly increases your risk of breast & ovary cancer. With this #picture I'd like to raise #awareness about #breastcancer and #geneticresearch but most importantly because I want to send out a message of #support & #hope to all women that have been diagnosed with either. I am so proud of this picture & proud of myself & my body including it’s scars, proud of who I’ve become after all that I've been through.
I'd like to thank my parents, brother, dog, besties & everyone who has guided & supported me on my journey so far. But my biggest thank you goes out to my PMD & all of my wonderful Drs. & nurses @ OLV Waregem, UZ Leuven and ZOL Genk for their advice, guidance, care & for holding my hand when I got scared. A special shout out to my awesome plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Vermeulen who came in like a ray of sunshine after a heavy storm. I walked into his office traumatized & scared but he was the one that was able to put my mind at ease. Thanks to him & his team I was hopeful & able to trust the process of my #doublemastectomy and #reconstruction. I’m confident in my decision & so happy with the result. So to everyone mentioned above thank you so much for all that you’ve done for me! 🙏🏻❤️ To end this post, there is one thing I would like to emphasize especially to all the girls & women out there. Our breasts don’t determine our value as a woman or human being, they don't make us better mothers, sisters, friends, daughters or partners. So it doesn’t matter one bit if they’re small or big, real, fake or reconstructed, if you have two, just one or none. Don’t let anyone ever try to convince you otherwise! We are all beautiful. We are all whole. We are all perfect. We are all WOMAN. ❤️
PS: I’ve always known Angelina and I were related. So give me a call Ange! 😉
📷 by @sdmaeyer #portrait #blackandwhitephotography #girlpower