Total Mastectomy

Photos: Peter Hapak

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Chiara D'Agostino
"I didn’t decide to go flat at first; I wanted to look symmetrical. But then I had six additional surgeries just for the implants because they got infected every other month. I feel better now without the implants. And I can feel people when I hug them."

Chiara D'Agostino, 45, diagnosed in 2014 with stage III triple-negative breast cancer and in 2016 with stage IV triple-negative metastatic breast cancer, which has spread to her lungs, sternum, lymph nodes and liver. This summer she had chemo again and took part in a drug trial.