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From Anchor Araksya Karapetyan

The Scars of Breast Cancer, One Woman's Bravery

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This is one of those stories where I ask myself… what's wrong with people? A mother-of-four loses more than 100 Facebook friends after she posts pictures, showing the horrific scars of her battle against breast cancer.

Beth Whaanga says she did this to raise awareness of breast cancer. She didn't want to hide her scarred body, following a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.

After posting the pictures, Beth didn't expect to receive such a huge backlash- more than a 100 people "unfriended" her and are criticizing her actions. Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32. Doctors found the BRCA 2 gene- this gene predisposes women to breast cancer.

You may recall all the media attention Angelina Jolie received, after she underwent a double mastectomy when she discovered that she carried the gene.

It's also important to point out, that Beth warned her "friends" about the material, saying if anyone felt them too be offensive they could hide the feed. In no way were these pictures meant to be sexual, but still some saw it that way. In fact, some people called her a narcissist, saying Facebook wasn't the platform for these photos. This I find to be completely absurd, considering the countless selfies many people post on their Facebook pages, which serve absolutely no purpose.  To call what this woman did narcissism is ridiculous.

An article I read mentioned how Beth says we walk past people every day who appear to be normal on the outside, but underneath their clothing some of their bodies tell a very different story. How true that is…. I myself sometimes look around when I am out for a walk, in a coffee shop, at the airport, or just sitting in traffic… basically any moment when I can stop and examine my surroundings…

I think along the same lines... I wonder, what this person is going through? What's behind the smile?

This story really hit home for me today. This past weekend I took a last minute trip to Portland, Oregon to be there to support one of my closest friends, who lost his mother to breast cancer last week.

She was always proactive about her health, in fact she got mammograms regularly. But even the mammograms couldn't detect the cancer until it was too late. She fought hard for over a year, but in the end she lost the battle. She was 53-years-old.

It was simply heartbreaking to see this lovely family suffering and in pain. I can't even begin to imagine…But this is what I do know. Women like Beth Whaanga should be praised and celebrated for what they have through, what their families have had to endure.

It's a story of survival… of bravery… of courage. By refusing to hide her body, Beth is illustrating the harsh reality of breast cancer and the outcome.

She says her scars aren't ugly, they mean she is alive.

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