A mother-of-three facing a mastectomy has had a plaster cast made of her chest – so she can remember her breasts.
Brave Tracey Stephenson, 50, was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer last September.
She had surgery to try and remove the tumour but it was unsuccessful so she agreed to have a single mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.
Tracey, a former business manager from Bury St Edmunds, knows she will never look or feel the same – but hopes the plaster cast of her breasts will be a comforting reminder of how she looked.
She also plans to have a second cast done once her surgery is completed to show other women how they can look after reconstructive surgery.
Tracey said: “I’d quite like to keep the cast, not as a showpiece for my house, but something for just me to remind me that I’m still myself despite all the treatment.
“They will look different after the reconstruction. I’ll have to have surgery to try and make them look the same so it will be an ongoing thing.
“But it’s important to deal with this. I won’t let it beat me. I’ve got to get through this. I’m not going to leave my kids without a parent.
“I found it hard to find out what they might look like after treatment and it was a worry.
“I’m not looking forward to seeing what it looks like. That’s the part that scares me the most.”
Keri Bird, 26, a plaster cast specialist and owner of Birds Body Casting, is doing the casts for free as part of a campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer.
They will be decorated by artists and displayed by businesses in Bury before being auctioned for charity.
To get involved as a model, artist or business, call Keri on 07500 045009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org