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2016. My 'chosen' surgery. 

 

Not believed. Interrogated. Tested. Why would you choose this? What does your partner think? You'll change your mind. You must be weird. 

Left not flat, but with a mound and spare skin, all ready to receive the implant that I am supposed to want.

 

2008. My mum, her surgery. Plenty of skin left, just in case. 

My mound, myself, my mum.

Our palimpsest of scars and skin.