She’s Showing The World Her Scars So Survivors Aren’t Ashamed Of Theirs

Melanie Testa was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. It’s not an uncommon occurrence, but we believe the beautiful thing she did after her surgery is worth sharing.

Being an artist, Melanie says that symmetry is important to her — so she chose not to undergo reconstructive surgery or use any prosthetics. She decided instead to leave her scars exactly as they were, showcasing the beauty that is present in the human body and demonstrating both how delicate and how strong that body can be.

Melanie says that “visual representation for this body type is very important, so that no women feel they need to hide.”

Despite the 17-inch scar across her chest, Melanie has embraced her new body type and has posed for several projects, including ads for underwear brands. May her fierceness and bravery inspire us all to do the things that make the world a better place, even when it’s difficult or frightening.

Take a look at the video below, and then check out another survivor who opted out of reconstructive surgery and doesn’t regret it for a minute.

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