Just 2 months after Emmy Award winning actress Christina Applegate was first officially diagnosed with breast cancer, the actress has come out, opening up about the emotional turmoil involved and the preparation she underwent for losing her breasts â€“ a private nude photo shoot.
On August 3 of this year, People Magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In response to this, Applegateâ€™s representative soon confirmed the report stating: “Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening…Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time.”
Applegate was confirmed to be cancer free just 2 weeks later, after undergoing a double mastectomy.
The 36-year-old actress revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had thought that she had toughened against the devastating news when she gave the go-ahead to the doctor, however, when the doctor brought in the surgeon to carry out the double mastectomy, she just broke down.
Applegate recalled: “I was just gonna let (my breasts) go… and then, when I met with my doctor and I told him that was my decision and he brought the surgeon in, it was like the floodgates just opened up and I lost it.”
So in a final effort to farewell and remember her breasts, Applegate posed for an emotional, private nude photo shoot.
Speaking openly on a recent taping for Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, Applegate revealed, “I did my first and last nudie photo shoot at home. I made sure that I have close-up photographs of them from every angle, so I can kind of remember them.” (1)
Over the next several months, the actress is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery. In preparation, doctors have already implanted “expanders” in her chest, which will eventually allow them to sculpt fake breasts for her.
She explained: “They keep expanding over a few months until they take those out and put in your implants… They have this strange little thing that they insert in there and they keep filling it up with saline to expand behind the muscles.”
However, the star confessed to Oprah that the surgery has left her with a chest nothing alike her original, pre-cancer chest.
“You’ve got scarring and there’s a lot of things you’re missing … and the shape is not the same and it doesn’t feel the same and it’s hard to carry your purse and there are so many limitations,â€ She added.
“It’s sad. I cry at least once a day about it because it’s hard to overlook it when you’re standing there in the mirror.”
But, despite the pain and heartache involved, Applegate still managed to joke about the whole ordeal, commenting: “I don’t have to wear a bra … ever again.”
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