Belding and friend Jacqueline Adams at Rainbow Haven Beach
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Topless and proud of it: Dartmouth woman embracing life after double mastectomy

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Christina Belding says she’d rather ‘have a flat start than [try] to reinvent the past with boobs’

Whether it’s walking along the water’s edge or diving into the ocean, Christina Belding is in her happy place at any of the beaches near her home in Dartmouth, N.S.

And she’s doing it all while topless and breastless.

She’s unselfconsciously revealing her flat chest with two 20-centimetre scars where she had breasts before cancer invaded her right breast.

Christina Belding says being a fit, athletic woman has helped her as she recovers from a double mastectomy.
Robert Short/CBC Christina Belding says being a fit, athletic woman has helped her as she recovers from a double mastectomy.

“My breasts already had a good time, and more than enough fun,” she said during an interview Tuesday at Rainbow Haven Beach, one of her go-to spots. “I’d sooner have a flat start than trying to reinvent the past with boobs.”

“The boobs took early retirement. I’m glad they’re gone because I feel safer,” 

Christina Belding

Belding first noticed a lump in her right breast during a self-examination, which was initially missed by a mammogram.

The day before she turned 52, Belding underwent a double mastectomy at the IWK Health Centre in early March, a few days before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. She opted for what’s known as esthetic flat closure, a procedure in which the surgeon creates a smooth, flat chest with no excess fat or skin.

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Source: CBC

Original publication 19 August, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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