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Almost any event is a great excuse to throw a party – but how about one to say goodbye to your breasts? When she learned she needed to undergo a double mastectomy, Andy Sealy of Philadelphia threw a “ta-ta to my tatas” party so friends and family wouldn’t feel sorry for her or awkward about discussing the surgery.
“These ‘bye-bye boobies’ parties are not uncommon,” says Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk. Many of her mastectomy patients have thrown them and she’s attended a few – complete with breast cupcakes and other trappings. “It turns something unexpected and something unwelcome and mournful in a woman’s life into something that brings family and friends together to celebrate their life.”
Andy took it a step further and encouraged party guests to feel the lump in her breasts so they would recognize what a tumor felt like. Dr. Funk cautions, though, that “Breast cancers, unfortunately, aren’t just in one shape or size – but that is one shape and size. And now all the women at that party (and maybe some men!) know what that shape and size feels like. It’s empowering!”
The Doctors wish Andy all the best.