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Breast-Cancer Survivor Christina Applegate Paid Tribute To Her Breasts with a Nude Photo Shoot

Cancer is a mean, evil entity. It takes wonderful things out of this world, like Paul Newman. And sometimes it takes its toll on Mr. Skin's favorite body part, as it did with former Married... with Children star Christina Applegate, who recently had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with the dreadful disease.

But, ever the optimist, cheery Christina knew just how to show her dearly departed dirigibles how much she appreciated their years of service—with her very first nude photo shoot!

According to IMDB:

Speaking candidly on a recent taping for Oprah Winfrey's talk show, Applegate revealed, "I did my first and last nudie photoshoot at home. I made sure that I have close-up photographs of them from every angle, so I can kind of remember them."

Since the operation to remove her breasts, doctors have implanted "expanders" in the actress' chest, which will eventually allow them to sculpt fake breasts for her.

She explained, "They keep expanding over a few months until they take those out and put in your implants... They have this strange little thing that they insert in there and they keep filling it up with saline to expand behind the muscles."

But she admitted to Winfrey that the surgery has left her with a chest that resembles nothing like the one she had before her cancer diagnosis.

She added, "You've got scarring and there's a lot of things you're missing... and the shape is not the same and it doesn't feel the same and it's hard to carry your purse and there are so many limitations.

"It's sad. I cry at least once a day about it because it's hard to overlook it when you're standing there in the mirror."

But, despite the pain and heartache, Applegate joked there is a bright side to her surgery: "I don't have to wear a bra... ever again."

Mr. Skin admires Christina's love of her lung balloons and is glad that she'll get to experience them in all their nude glory for years to come—even if the rest of us never will.