This Breast Cancer Survivor Walking 1000 Miles Topless Is Beyond Inspiring

Paulette Leaphart

It’s impossible to not be inspired by Paulette Leaphart’s story.  If you haven’t heard about her yet, she is a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy when she was 47-years-old.  In celebration of her 50th birthday she recently began a 1000 mile walk from Biloxi, Mississippi to Washington, D.C.  You might also recognize her as one of the many women who appeared in Beyonce’s visual album, “Lemonade,” on HBO.

According to People, in 2014, the mother of four adopted children and four biological children learned she had breast cancer from a higher power.

“I suddenly woke from sleep and heard the voice of God telling me I have cancer,” Leaphart, 49, tells PEOPLE.


Paulette Leaphart
Via Paulette Leaphart’s Facebook page

She went to the doctor to get her breasts checked, and her test came back negative.  Her doctor told her to return in 6 months.  She insisted another test be administered.  It was then they found the tumor.

Because of the aggressive form of cancer she had, she was ineligible for reconstructive surgery.

“What is a woman without breasts?” wondered Leaphart. “I have always identified as a very feminine woman.”

Eventually she got tired of covering up.  She wanted the world to know the truth about breast cancer.  That courage is being documented along with her 1000 mile walk in an upcoming film titled Scar Storyby filmmaker Emily MacKenzie who recently raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter to complete the project.  Leaphart’s goal is to finish her walk on June 27th when she officially turns 50.  Check out the trailer for Scar Story below and check out her Facebook page to stay updated on her progress.

Scar Story from M Emily MacKenzie on Vimeo.

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