Brave breast cancer survivor shares topless pic after vile jibes about her looks
A breast cancer survivor has hit back at men who made cruel comments about her appearance – by sharing a picture of her mastectomy scars.
Laura Owens, from Merseyside, took to Facebook and defied their insensitive remarks by saying: "I’m a strong f****** woman, not a sex object."
She was just 31 when she had her right breast removed and reconstructed after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.
Laura decided to have the other breast removed and reconstructed in 2014, the Liverpool Echo reported.
But she started to have a "severe" reaction to her implant after her second reconstruction, and claims her skin turned yellow, she had pain down her left arm and that she was getting really tired.
Because of this Laura made the brave decision to remove both of her implants in April of this year.
Yesterday, the yoga teacher took to Facebook to post her response after two men she used to know made ignorant comments about the way she looks.
Laura said: "In the last week, I’ve had two male friends, who I haven’t seen in a long time, say to people in front of me: ‘You should have seen Laura in her heyday, 10 years ago.’ Rude.
"Or am I supposed to be grateful that guys used to think I was hot?! If I hadn’t been through everything I have, and was still the girl I was 10 years ago, it might crush me to hear that. But it doesn’t."
She hit back at comments that her "heyday" was 10 years ago, when in reality she has never felt more comfortable in her own skin, also saying she chose to publicly share her experience "for the women".
Laura added: "It makes me laugh that some people think my heyday was when I wore a face full of make up, perfect hair, sexy outfits, padded bras. I.e. dressing for someone else’s approval.
"F*** that. I’m strong and capable, I stand up for what I believe in. I walk away from people or situations that make me uncomfortable. And I wear what makes me feel happy, not sexy.
"A lot of my 20’s were spent working in the world of high-end nightclubs where image, money and status were everything, and I’m proud that I‘m no longer part of that.
"I’m proud that I care more about what I think than what anyone else thinks."
Laura takes pride in the fact that she hasn’t "succumbed to the pressures" of botox and fillers, despite that the complications of her implants rapidly aged her skin.
She added: "This is not me having a dig if you’ve had botox, I understand what it’s like to be so self-critical you won’t even leave the house, it’s just that after having my breasts amputated twice through illness, I’ve learned to appreciate my body exactly the way it is."
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