Model Kelly Crump was famous for showing her mastectomy scar in a photo Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot. The model opened up recently about how she chose to reveal her scar for the magazine, and what she would like women to know about breast-cancer.
Crump Was ‘Shocked’Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Crump was diagnosed five years ago with breast cancer after she discovered a lump in her breast. Although she was feeling tired, she thought it was her high-stress work. Crump saw a breast surgeon who diagnosed Crump with stage 3 breast carcinoma a few days later.
“All I’ve seen in the movies is people walking for breast cancer to raise money, or someone is bald, older, and in a hospital dying. And that’s not necessarily what happens,” Crump explained. “I think for most people they think of breast cancer as one thing, but I was shocked to know there are so many different kinds and subtypes—where it can be in the breast, and how it can show up.”
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Crump felt that she was unable to be confident in her body and had struggled with it for years. “lost everything”She lost her hair, gained 40 pounds from the cancer treatments. Things quickly changed for her. “During cancer treatments, nobody is noticing that you have stretch marks, cellulite, or how big your pores are,”She shared.
Her ‘Sports Illustrated’Take a look at her scars
One of Crump’s friends encouraged her to apply to be a guest model for Sports IllustratedHowever, she was uncertain about her chances. Would the magazine hire a 43-year old cancer patient to be their model? However, she applied—”What do I have to lose at this point?”—and soon found herself on a plane to the Dominican Republic as one of thirteen finalists.
Crump was the photo featured in Sports Illustrated She is shown in a blue swimsuit featuring zigzagging cutouts. One of those cutouts bared her left breast—and her mastectomy scar. Crump was anxious about the photo and felt a moment of doubt about exposing her scar.
Messages from other survivors ‘Keep Me Going’
She quickly realized the power of the image and shared it with her social network followers. Crump received messages from many women who had also suffered mastectomy scars.
“These messages and comments are what keep me going every day,”She shared. Crump continues sharing her journey with breast cancer online. She wants people to be educated and aware of their own health. People around the globe have been inspired by Crump’s dedication to sharing every aspect of her breast cancer journey.