Laura hits out at crit­ics af­ter beat­ing can­cer

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AWOMAN who beat can­cer hit back at men who made cruel com­ments about her ap­pear­ance – by shar­ing a pic­ture of her mas­tec­tomy scars.

Laura Owens, from Formby, was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2012, when she was just 31.

She had her right breast re­moved and re­con­structed that year, be­fore de­cid­ing to have the other breast re­moved and re­con­structed in 2014.

How­ever, Laura started to have a “se­vere” reaction to her im­plant af­ter her sec­ond re­con­struc­tion, and claims her skin turned yel­low, she had pain down her left arm and that she was get­ting re­ally tired.

Be­cause of this, Laura made the de­ci­sion to re­move both her im­plants in April this year.

The yoga teacher took to Face­book to post her re­sponse af­ter two men she used to know made ig­no­rant com­ments about the way she looks.

Laura said: “In the last week, I’ve had two male friends, who I haven’t seen in a long time, say to peo­ple in front of me: ‘You should have seen Laura in her hey­day, 10 years ago.’ Rude.

“Or, am I sup­posed to be grate­ful guys used to think I was hot?! If I hadn’t been through ev­ery­thing I have, and was still the girl I was 10 years ago, it might crush me to hear that. But it doesn’t.”

Laura, who for­merly ran The Gallery in Formby, added: “It makes me laugh that some peo­ple think my hey­day was when I wore a face full of make-up, per­fect hair, sexy out­fits, padded bras, ie, dress­ing for some­one else’s ap­proval.

“F*** that. I’m strong and ca­pa­ble, I stand up for what I be­lieve in. I walk away from peo­ple or sit­u­a­tions that make me un­com­fort­able. And I wear what makes me feel happy, not sexy.

“A lot of my 20s were spent work­ing in the world of high-end night­clubs where im­age, money and sta­tus were ev­ery­thing, and I’m proud that I’m no longer part of that.

“I’m proud I care more about what I think than what oth­ers think.”

Laura takes pride in the fact that she hasn’t “suc­cumbed to the pres­sures” of bo­tox and fillers, de­spite the fact that the com­pli­ca­tions of her im­plants rapidly aged her skin.

She added: “This is not me hav­ing a dig if you’ve had bo­tox, I un­der­stand what it’s like to be so self-crit­i­cal you won’t even leave the house; it’s just that, af­ter hav­ing my breasts am­pu­tated twice through ill­ness, I’ve learned to ap­pre­ci­ate my body ex­actly the way it is.

“I’m scarred, wrin­kled and flatch­ested, but I’m also fem­i­nine and full of life. I’m a strong f ****** woman, not a sex ob­ject. I’m not here for your ben­e­fit.

“There’s a lot more to me than my looks. And, if you can’t see that, then it’s your loss.”

Laura Owens, above, was not afraid to show pic­tures of her scars fol­low­ing mas­tec­tomy – and has posted a re­sponse to com­ments about her present ap­pear­ance

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