PUBLISHED ON: 4 March 2020

Claire decided not to have a reconstruction after her mastectomy, and instead uses her platform as an artist to celebrate her body. 

I feel real ownership of who I am 

On this episode, we speak to Claire: a writer, poet and artist. When she was initially told she had breast cancer, she was told she could either have immediate reconstruction, or reconstruction at a later date. She wasn’t informed there was an option for no reconstruction at all. 

However, Claire decided to embrace her new, ‘wonky’ appearance. She presents ‘life modelling monologues’, in which she gives talks about her experiences while modelling for people’s artwork. 

Tune in to hear about Claire’s hopes of breaking down the stigma surrounding women who opt out of reconstruction, and the other ways in which she is using her art to celebrate different kinds of bodies. 

I would love it if it was more acceptable to be wonky... the more open and accepting we are of difference, the happier a place will be to live in. 

You can find out more about Claire's work on her website

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