She had to undergo 16 rounds of chemotherapies, surgeries, and radiation.
Thankfully, she’s now been in remission for almost a full year.
Salcedo writes that the first reason she wanted to share a photo of her chest was to show that breast cancer is brutal.
It took away part of my sexual identity.” Salcedo says she chose not to have reconstruction on her breasts after her mastectomy because she didn’t want her children to watch her suffer any more.“I wanted them to see me strong again,” she writes.“I wanted them to have their mother they knew.” And she’s been confident in that decision—until the public bathroom debates began. This is a pretty big injustice, and disproportionately affects transgender people. They claim it’s to protect people in the restrooms.
To put it simply, some states and institutions are trying to make it illegal for people to use a public bathroom that doesn’t correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth.
The law wouldn’t let people use the bathroom that corresponds with their current gender identity, meaning, for example, that a transwoman would be forced to use the men’s restroom.
And it’s led to some nasty body policing in public spaces.
On Saturday, breast cancer survivor Christi Salcedo took to Facebook to share how she’s been judged when using public bathrooms, too.
Salcedo bravely posted a topless selfie to Facebook, showing her chest and the scars from her bilateral mastectomy and where her lymph nodes were removed under her arms.
She was diagnosed at age 30 with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, and it had spread to her lymphatic system.