Body Image After Breast Reconstruction (Walk With Me Podcast)

Photo by Kim Harms
Sometimes it’s hard to look in the mirror.

I had the opportunity to talk with Tori Haverkamp several weeks ago about body image and learning to live with my altered form after a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

There are so many pieces that come into play when walking through breast reconstruction process, but body image is not something that I thought I would struggle with at all.  As it turns out though, losing a piece of me changed the way I looked at myself.  And it kind of broke my heart.

But God is good, and he continues to stay close to me and bring healing to each and every piece of me that needs his touch. If you want to hear my story follow the link below to the Cornerstone Church Walk with Me Podcast .

Body Image after Breast Reconstruction Podcast

By KimHarms

Kim Harms is an author, speaker, and part-time library assistant with two decades of freelance writing experience. She has a degree in English from Iowa State University. She and her husband Corey have three super-awesome sons and one crazy dog. A two-time breast cancer survivor, her first book, Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction (Familius), is a guide for women walking the breast cancer road. She is currently working on her second book, a devotional for women going through breast cancer.


  1. Thanks so much for this podcast. It is helpful to hear others’ stories. I am only 4 days post surgery, which was a bilateral mastectomy and direct to implant reconstruction. I don’t even want to look. And although I have the implants, they aren’t mine, and they seem out of place. One of my biggest concerns is the lack of feeling, it just makes everything so foreign. Hearing your thoughts and the direction toward scripture is helpful in the midst of this rollercoaster. I am grateful for many things surrounding my breast cancer, yet honestly speaking there are times of struggle. Thank you for putting yourself out there for other women!

    1. Ronell, I know we’ve connected since you left this message, but I wanted to let you know that somehow I missed this when you sent it. I actually discovered a PILE of comments I somehow didn’t see. I hope that you are doing well, and I’m thankful to know a little bit of your story. It feels like I know you even though we haven’t met in person.

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