By: Stephanie Astalos-Jones
When diagnosed with breast cancer I knew I was going to want a bilateral mastectomy with aesthetic flat closure. Unfortunately, my first surgeon didn’t think a woman could be happy flat so, without my consent, he left me with buldges and bags saying, “You’ll be glad to have those if you want implants.”
Well, I DIDN’T want implants. I had to find a surgeon who would listen to me and respect me and I did. Dr. Rogsbert Phillips and Dr.Yara Robertson in Atlanta saved me.
While recovering, it occured to me that it would be nice to have a podcast that featured flat women and not only discussed being flat, but showed the world, and other flatties, how MANY wonderful and diverse flatties there are. My goal is to feature them as women, teachers, doctors, artists, explorers, investigative reporters, office workers, home makers, actors, hairdressers, rebels, dreamers, activists, and, yes, flatties.
Since I’m an actor and have spent decades doing solo shows, it seemed like something I could do. I also did stand up and have always worked in comedy, so I wanted the podcast to offer laughs as well. I set it up with a late night talk show type format: theme music, monologue, guest, final goodbye. You can find the podcast at flatiswhereitsat.libsyn.com.
I’ve included a pic I posted that had this caption. “Stories abound on many continents about the flattie. Some claim to have seen one. Some say they don’t exist. We have uncovered this grainy old photo taken on a camping trip somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. They do exist!”