Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy
Written by Nancy Silvers
Geralyn Lucas
Directed by Peter Werner
Starring Sarah Chalke
Jay Harrington
Patti LaBelle
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Grossbart Kent
Running time 120 minutes
Original network Lifetime Television
Original release October 23, 2006 (2006-10-23)

Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy (known as Lipstick in some countries) is a 2006 television film that aired on Lifetime Television and starred Sarah Chalke. It is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Geralyn Lucas. The book and the TV movie, depict Geralyn Lucas's fight with breast cancer.


Shortly after graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Geralyn Lucas lands her dream job working for 20/20. Lucas is then diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27 and has a dilemma — whether to have a lumpectomy or the potentially safer mastectomy. After consulting several doctors (including her husband) and researching the operations she decides to undergo a mastectomy. Her subsequent chemotherapy treatment leads to tensions within her marriage but the couple stays together. She also has breast reconstruction. The final shot is of Geralyn cradling her child, something she feared she would be unable to do. Geralyn meets several "angels" in the story, people who have been in similar positions to her and are able to dispense good advice.

The title refers to her belief that only confident women wear red lipstick.


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