Episode 6 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life features Emily Hopper, the mama, artist, advocate and breast cancer survivor behind alternative breast cancer awareness apparel brand, EMPOWERHAUS. She is also the founder of Flatties Unite, the popular Facebook group for women living with fewer than 2 breasts. Emily was diagnosed with stage III triple negative breast cancer at 31 years old, after being misdiagnosed 14 months earlier. Emily has recently completed 13 rounds of IV chemo, a double mastectomy with flat reconstruction, 30 rounds of radiation, and 8 cycles of oral chemotherapy and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and young daughter.
Emily and I talked a lot about the challenges of navigating a breast cancer diagnosis with young children, as well as the recent publicity surrounding the flat community, both from Catherine Guthrie’s new book FLAT: Reclaiming my Body after Breast Cancer, and an article featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine detailing the rampant sexism in breast reconstruction decisions.
As a special gift to listeners, EMPOWERHAUS is offering 15% off with the code EMPOWER15 – orders need to be in by November 30th in order to assure delivery in time for Christmas.
Here’s where to find Emily on social media: