The very first “International FLAT Day” will premier on OCTOBER 7th, 2019! 🎉
“International FLAT Day” was created to celebrate going flat – to promote breast reconstruction awareness, to promote flat closure (breastless, chest wall reconstruction after mastectomy), to promote flat reconstruction as a valid choice, and to bring together the flat community in sisterhood! October is breast cancer awareness month, and the 7th is the “Day of Maat” – the Egyptian Goddess who represents TRUTH and JUSTICE.
The 7 principles of Maat are: Truth, Justice, Harmony, Balance, Order, Reciprocity, and Propriety. These principles really reflect the “heart” of the shared flat movement!
IFD is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year!
“International FLAT Day” was created to celebrate going flat – to promote breast reconstruction awareness, to promote flat closure (breastless, chest wall reconstruction after mastectomy), to promote aesthetic flat closure as an empowering choice, and to bring together the flat community in sisterhood!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month… but also, the 7th is the day of the ancient Egyptian goddess Ma’at. She represents all that is right in the world: truth, justice, balance, order, harmony, propriety and reciprocity. Organizing principles to live by in advocacy and in life.
TRUTH – full disclosure of information
JUSTICE – respect for our informed choice
BALANCE – flat advocacy and breast cancer advocacy go hand in hand
ORDER – moving forward diligently, one step at a time
HARMONY – respect for the diversity of experiences of women in the flat community
PROPRIETY – the golden rule
RECIPROCITY – lifting each other up and amplifying each other’s voices
It was such a struggle to decide what resources to include in our limited brochure space for “Flat is Beautiful”. We ultimately decided that since we wanted to reach women facing the reconstructive decision (and secondarily, their surgeons), we would prioritize the resources these women would find the most useful.
So – we would like to give a shout out here, to a couple of folks in particular whose projects got edged out at the last cut and who are doing amazing work on behalf of the flat community!
Trine Amazon inspires all of us with her powerful and beautiful imagery!
EMPOWERHAUS and founder Emily Hopper for all of her innovative designs that redefine breast cancer awareness!
FLATTIES UNITE is a great support group full of powerhouse women and was only edged out because it’s focused on women who have already had their surgery rather than women still making their decision.
Juliet FitzPatrick of Blooming Cancer for your tireless work getting visibility for going flat!
And Kathy Bates and Tig Notaro are both bad-ass flat, loud and proud celebrities who have been an inspiration to so many of us!
Going flat after a mastectomy is a beautiful and viable option. Breast cancer awareness includes knowing your options based on full and fair disclosure, and knowing what kinds of questions to ask the surgeon. Breast cancer awareness is women’s awareness and breast reconstruction awareness is part of that. A woman does not need breasts to be a whole woman. She needs awareness.
Our new brochure “FLAT is Beautiful,” designed specifically for women facing breast cancer surgery or explant of breast implants, is ready to print. Featuring many of your favorite flat resources, where even more resources can be found.