Laura hits out at critics after beating cancer
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