After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Christina Belding had to undergo a double mastectomy to halt the spread of the disease. And while the operation may have changed her body, she refused to let it dampen her spirit.
If we compare the age of human history we’re living in now with centuries gone by, today’s world could objectively be considered a paradise. However ,that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still terrible and scary things affecting the lives of people around the world. For example, millions of people are affected by deadly diseases everyday.
The most well-known of these illnesses, as well as the most feared and relentless, is without a doubt cancer. It’s a disease which has no cure and over the years has claimed the lives of countless people. Thanks to technological advances we can treat it better than ever before but, in spite of these improvements, the lives of many cancer sufferers still hang in the balance.
And one of the most common types of cancer is breast cancer. The many campaigns aiming to make women aware of the need to frequently check their breasts for lumps and changes, highlight just how important it is to catch the disease before it spreads.
Christina Belding, a 52-year-old woman from Canada, experienced this disease first hand. She had to undergo a double mastectomy to remove both of her mammary glands in their entirety. It wasn’t an easy thing for her to come to terms with at the time, but in hindsight Christina is able to see the positive side:
“My breasts had to be removed. And I’m happy they were because it’s greatly reduced the risk of the cancer returning. My breasts already had a good time, and more than enough fun. I’d sooner have a flat start than trying to reinvent the past with (artificial) boobs. Besides, having breasts isn’t what defines me as a woman.”
–Christina Belding, on her Instagram–
Christina has used her instagram page as a platform to share her experience of breast cancer and show how she decided to focus on her illness as something to overcome, rather than feeling sorry for herself. And judging by the fun photos she’s shared of herself posing at the beach with a friend, it looks like Christina is living life to the full, despite everything she’s been through.
Now she dedicates herself to inspiring other women who find themselves in a similar situation and to facing life with a smile on her face. Her message is that while losing a part of your body may change your life, it will never change who you are.