Chronicle of a mastectomy

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Editor’s note: This gallery depicts the changes in Kerry Mansfield’s appearance as she underwent cancer treatment, breast removal surgery and reconstructive surgery. While the images are sensitive in nature, CNN feels that it is important to fully report on a vital health issue that many women face and to de-stigmatize it, and that Mansfield’s story and photos help to do that. Viewer discretion is advised.

Throughout her battle with breast cancer, Kerry Mansfield didn’t see any use in throwing herself a pity party. She hated to see her family and friends who surrounded her get upset.

“I didn’t want anyone to feel like they had to worry all the time, and I didn’t want to join everyone and be crying all the time,” Mansfield said. “I felt that it was my job to keep everyone else calm.”

As a private form of therapy to deal with the pain and anxiety that…

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