Black and Topless
Thank you for visiting my site. I am Cee Combs, Founder of Black and Topless. I am an African-American breast cancer survivor.
Black and Topless is the result of a promise I made to myself when I was going through breast cancer. I promised myself that if I made it through surgery and treatment, I would share everything I learned about breast cancer from my experience and personal research.
Well, I made it through. For You!
Don’t Just Think About It, Be About It!
The idea for Black and Topless began as a simple thought two years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 38 years old and I didn’t know anyone with breast cancer. Therefore, I barely knew anything about breast cancer and had to make a lot of life-changing decisions fast.
Although I had an excellent surgical team, I looked for online stories and experiences by other young African American breast cancer survivors. However, I could not find an online breast cancer community that was specifically for African American women.
So, I decided to fill the gap with Black and Topless!
My Breast Cancer Journey
An unexpected diagnosis with breast cancer was shocking and scary, to say the least.
Breast Cancer Surgery Options
The surgeon offered two options to remove my lumps: a lumpectomy with radiation or a mastectomy.
However, because of my smaller breast size (34B), a lumpectomy would have left me with a severely disfigured breast. So I decided to get a mastectomy.
I got a nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. My plastic surgeon inserted a tissue expander immediately after the breast surgeon removed my breast tissue. We exchanged the tissue expander for a silicone breast implant 7 months later.
I also got a breast lift (the medical term is mastopexy) on the noncancerous breast for symmetry (to make my both of my breasts look the same shape and size).
I did not have radiation or chemotherapy. The results from my tumor determined that chemotherapy would not have reduced my chances of the cancer returning. Because of my age (pre-menopausal), I take hormone therapy in the form of a terrible little pill called Tamoxifen for five years.
I hope that my experiences and the information I have to offer will help other Black women like me get through breast cancer.
Cee Combs, Black & Topless