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Pictures by: 
Latashni Gobi Nathan
Report by: 
Zachary Soh

She walked with such swagger that no one could have known that it was Madam Ann Ang’s first time on the runway. The breast cancer survivor was glowing with confidence last Thursday as she sashayed down the catwalk in a gorgeous black dress.

The fashion show, organised by Breast Reconstruction Awareness Singapore (Bras), featured 13 women, all of whom have undergone breast reconstruction. Speaking to The New Paper backstage, the 41-year-old housewife, whose cancer is in remission, said: “Reconstructed breasts give me the confidence to walk on stage. I can now wear any kind of clothing with confidence.”

Madam Ang went through the breast reconstruction surgery on Sept 15 last year, soon after having a mastectomy (breast removal), and has enjoyed a new appreciation of life since then. She had looked forward to reconstructing her left breast, which was affected by cancer. She chuckled: “I remember thinking, ‘After I wake up, I get a new body!’”

The seven-hour surgery involved using fat from her stomach to reconstruct her left breast. The mother of two children, aged eight and 13, then started chemotherapy last November. Said Madam Ang: “Clumps of hair would fall out, and I was so distressed that I shaved my whole head.” When asked how she pulled through, she replied: “My doctor mentally prepared me that it was not going to be good.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on 14 October 2013.