‘Here’s your f***ing breast cancer awareness’: Woman shows the reality of battling the disease

Fed up with ‘sexy’ breast cancer awareness campaigns like ‘No Bra Day’ and ‘Show Your Strap’, Jenn Alter has shared pictures showing the reality of battling the disease. In a post called ‘Here’s your f*cking breast cancer awareness’ on her Tumblr blog Pushing In the Pin, the 36-year-old from Missouri explains that breast cancer ‘isn’t sexy’.

Alongside images showing painful burnt and broken skin on her breasts, the result of a 35-day radiation treatment in 2013, she writes: ‘Breast cancer isn’t sexy. It’s not about saving the boobies. It’s not about no bra day, which is really just an excuse for women to post sexy pics of their nipples pressing through their clothes.

(Picture: Jenn Atler)

She explains: ‘It’s scars, nausea, pain, bald heads, burnt skin, and broken hearts.

‘If this doesn’t make you “aware” then I don’t know what will. Does it make you uncomfortable? It should.’

The powerful post has had over 150,000 likes and shares in the last week.

Jenn, who is now in remission, told MailOnline: ‘This disease has been sexualised in order to supposedly raise awareness, and, because of that, society is able to ignore the brutal, ugly truth of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment.Many have praised her for talking about the reality of battling breast cancer. One person writes: ‘This is the reality everyone ignores when they wear their pink shit and their little f****** bracelets they bought at the mall for a laugh.’

Another adds: ‘I just wanted to say I’m glad you shared your experience. I’ve never seen that side of cancer before and it sounds horrible. I’m so glad you won your fight with breast cancer and that you’re with us today to share your story.’

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Jenn thanked people for their support in a blog over the weekend, saying: ‘I’ve had at least one hundred messages today from people telling me that I have changed the way they look at breast cancer and cancer awareness in general.‘Holy s**t, you guys. I never ever expected this response. Thank you.’