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Allyson Lynch is showing off her mastectomy tattoos to show that surviving a breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t make you any less beautiful or...

Breast cancer survivor reclaims her body with mastectomy tattoos

Allyson Lynch is showing off her mastectomy tattoos to show that surviving a breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t make you any less beautiful or feminine.

Thirty-year-old Allyson Lynch is a hairstylist and model from Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 26, after completing an at-home examination. Noticing a slight lump in her breast that wasn’t there before, Lynch knew the importance of early diagnosis due to her own mother’s journey with breast cancer. Her family doctor confirmed the mass was cancerous.

“Immediately life turned upside-down. I was faced with a lot of big decisions I never thought I would even have to consider before 30 and all I could think was I wanted this thing out of me,” she told the Daily Mail.

“I had some very dark moments and it was more challenging than I could have ever imagined. I wanted to give up at points, I said I would never do it again. I just cried, I cried every single day… Until, there was a day that I realized I hadn’t cried and I stopped asking ‘why me.’ I found a strength I never thought I could possess. I learnt it was me because I could handle this.”

Following the diagnosis, Lynch had a bilateral mastectomy followed by 16 rounds of chemotherapy over 20 weeks.

In 2015, she had reconstructive surgery to reclaim her body. While her scars remained, Lynch was determined to feel beautiful in her own skin again.

“I had tattoos before cancer was even a thought in my mind, I had always loved the beauty behind tattoos. So, when I knew I was having a mastectomy I didn’t really see the point of getting fake nipples that serve no purpose,” she admitted.

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