Our Health: H Dream End for Nightmare of Sally's Cancer; 'I'm So Delighted I Can't Help Showing My New Breast to People When They Ask about It. It Doesn't Quite Feel like a Part of Me Yet'

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S ALLY Douton isn't a stripper but she has been flashing her assets around - or one of them anyway.

The 56-year-old switchboard operator is just so thrilled with her new breast surgery that she can't stop showing off the surgeon's handiwork.

But she didn't go under the knife to emulate busty beauty Pamela Anderson or to enhance what nature gave her. Instead, there is a more serious tale behind her new body.

Sally had reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy operation.

Sally, of Castle Bromwich, lost her left breast four years ago after discovering a lump. The mastectomy was her only chance of survival.

Ever since that fateful day, she has dreamed of having surgery to give her back her figure and her femininity.

She was so determined to achieve that goal, she was prepared to endure a high-risk, eight-hour operation... and an uncertain future.

She had no way of knowing if everything would turn out all right.

The operation had a high risk of complications including blood clots and the surgeon even warned Sally her breasts might not be the same size afterwards.

But there was no doom and gloom because everything went incredibly well and Sally is thrilled.

She said: "I'm so delighted I can't help showing my new breast to people when they ask about it.

"It doesn't quite feel like a part of me yet, but more like the surgeon's handiwork.

"Soon I hope it will feel like my own breast and then I'll stop the show."

But she has a right to feel proud of her new body because she endured a lot to achieve it.

Sally first detected a lump in her right breast in 1994, after feeling something strange when she put on her seatbelt.

The lump didn't show on mammograms but a private surgeon removed it and diagnosed cancer.

It was treated with radiotherapy but a year later Sally found another lump, this time in her left breast.

It was quick-spreading cancer and the only option was a mastectomy.

She endured several needle biopsies, several mammograms, radiotherapy and the radical four-hour operation to remove her left breast.

She has since been given a 98-per-cent survival chance and her five-year fight has stood her in good stead for another battle - reconstructive breast surgery. …