Awareness

Scars, nausea, burns: the harsh realities of breast cancer

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“Breast cancer isn’t sexy,” writes Jenn Alter on Tumblr, accompanied by photos of the burns she endured as a side effect of radiation treatment in 2013. The confrontational post was a reaction in part to recent breast cancer awareness campaigns, criticized for sexualizing the disease. “It’s not about saving the boobies,” she wrote. “It’s not about no bra day, which is really just an excuse for women to post sexy pics of their nipples pressing through their clothes. It’s scars, nausea, pain, bald heads, burnt skin, and broken hearts.”

Alter underwent 35 days of radiation treatment, resulting in burns across her chest. “Does it make you uncomfortable?” she asks of the images. “It should.”

After the post drew widespread reaction online, Alter joked that it made her “boob internet famous,” but also thanked people for their kindness, support, and love.

“The last few days I’ve received a lot of messages from people applauding what they call my bravery and my willingness to put myself out there,” she said, admitting she was a secretive person until she reached college. Now, at 36, she says she no longer holds onto secrets. “I don’t bottle up my feelings. I don’t feel shame about being me.

I’m free.”

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