Dealing with breast cancer and its aftermath is a scary time for any woman. Even when your prognosis is good, it can seem like your life and body may never be “normal” again. It can also be very lonely, especially if you don’t have friends who’ve already lived it.


While no two cancer experiences are the same, many find comfort in following other women’s journeys online and even sharing their own. Over the years, women have created a unique community of support and encouragement on RealSelf, for anyone who’s having a mastectomy or lumpectomy and looking ahead to breast reconstruction.


We’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring RealStories from our members to show the power of community.









During October, RealSelf is talking about breast reconstruction—from explaining all the different options to highlighting inspiring stories from our community. To learn more, go to Reconstruct Your Narrative