An incredible series of photographs in a special Scar Stories project has told the inspiring stories of women left scarred after mastectomy surgery.
“Tough, beautiful chicks” by Suzanne McCorkell is a photo series of women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, showing the reality of the extent of the physical impact of the invasive surgery, and the battle they’ve faced.
Each woman has a different story, which they shared as part of the project.
Lyn had resigned from her job just a few weeks before her breast cancer diagnosis in 2011.
She had tumours in both of her breasts and the cancer had already spread to her lymph system, so she chose to have them both removed.
“I felt at that time that I would rather be here than have my breasts,” she writes.
Having finished her subsequent treatment, she’s now focused on living a healthy life and raising awareness and funds to find a cure for breast cancer.
“I find I appreciate everything much more since my diagnosis.
“As difficult as my diagnosis and treatment have been I feel I am a better person and I have gained far more than I have lost.”
Photo by Suzanne McCorkell for Scar Stories.
Paula was 35 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. At the time, her two children were one and three years old.
"It was devastating for my family and me and my life took a major detour," she writes.
She had chemotherapy, a single mastectomy and radiation.
Two years on she was still undergoing moderate treatment.
"It has been tough for my husband, children and me... Depression comes and goes but I believe life can only get better now.
"I look forward to seeing my children grow up and watching all the milestones they will go through.
"I feel blessed that I have my children, my husband, my family and friends and cherish every moment with them."
Sadly, in June 2013 Paula passed away, just eight months after he photo was taken.