Woman's Own

Feeling fabulous in our 50s

‘I’m proud of my body and I feel more confident’

I don’t care what people think’

Darlaine Honey, 59, lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Walking into the party in my slinky dress, I noticed a man do a double-take. A few hours later, I left with his number – happy that, at 59 and after a double mastectomy, I could still feel and look sexy.

I was 54 in October 2016 when doctors diagnosed invasive lobular breast cancer. I took it in my stride, especially as doctors were confident I’d be OK. I was in a long-term relationship but we split up soon after, and I ended up living alone. But I knew my kids Chay, now 33, and Dollie, 23, would be there for me, as well as my sister Mel, 58.

In May 2017, I had a double mastectomy. I didn’t feel sentimental about losing my 38EE

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