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The Simpsons win praise after introducing a character who survived breast cancer and has a ‘uniboob’

The Simpsons has received praise for introducing an inspiring new character, a breast cancer survivor who has one breast after a unilateral mastectomy.

dr. Wendy Sage, a hypnotherapist, made her Fox animated comedy debut on the Sunday night episode of the hit show, which aired in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The character was created and voiced by actress, writer and breast cancer survivor Renee Ridgeley, wife of Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman.

Survivor: Dr.  Wendy Sage made her The Simpsons debut on Sunday night's episode of the Fox series, which aired during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Survivor: Dr. Wendy Sage made her The Simpsons debut on Sunday night’s episode of the Fox series, which aired during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Representation: Sage chose to forego surgical reconstruction after her unilateral mastectomy and has one breast.  She also has a visible scar from her where she had her port-o-cath

Representation: Sage chose to forego surgical reconstruction after her unilateral mastectomy and has one breast.  She also has a visible scar from her where she had her port-o-cath

Representation: Sage chose to forego surgical reconstruction after her unilateral mastectomy and has one breast. She also has a visible scar from her where she had her port-o-cath

The episode, titled “Lisa’s Belly,” was all about body positivity and showcased the impact parents’ words can have on their children.

After Marge told Lisa she looked fat, she developed a complex, which led them to seek hypnotherapy.

The new character, who goes by Sage, chose to forgo surgical reconstruction after her unilateral mastectomy and has one breast, which survivors refer to as “uniboob.”

She also has a visible scar from her where she had her port-o-cath, a device placed under the skin to deliver chemotherapy.

“Sage appears as exactly who she is now,” Ridgeley told me Yahoo Life. “By living openly as a one-breasted woman, she sends a message of acceptance and wholeness that is celebrated by individuals in marginalized groups.”

Creation: The character was created and voiced by actress, writer and breast cancer survivor Renee Ridgeley, wife of Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman (pictured in 2019)

Creation: The character was created and voiced by actress, writer and breast cancer survivor Renee Ridgeley, wife of Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman (pictured in 2019)

Creation: The character was created and voiced by actress, writer and breast cancer survivor Renee Ridgeley, wife of Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman (pictured in 2019)

Backstory: Ridgeley, an advocate for flat visibility, featured Sage on her Instagram page Less Than Two Breasts

Backstory: Ridgeley, an advocate for flat visibility, featured Sage on her Instagram page Less Than Two Breasts

Backstory: Ridgeley, an advocate for flat visibility, featured Sage on her Instagram page Less Than Two Breasts

The episode was a monumental moment for breast cancer survivors, especially those who chose not to undergo breast reconstruction.

Fans were excited to see the shooting and rendering in the gripping episode, with many reaching for their tissues.

“Many thanks to #TheSimpsons. This is a well done Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” one person tweeted, while another added: “The Simpsons has a 1-breasted character with a portal scar and I’m in love.”

‘Dr. Sage (voiced by THE @reneeridgeley) is a wicked hypnotherapist who also happens to be a breast cancer survivor,” another said. “What a goddamn honor to be her first appearance in this episode!”

Ridgeley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and initially opted for reconstruction after mastectomy. However, she later had her breast implants removed because they were causing her health problems.

Happy: Fans were excited to see the inclusion and representation of breast cancer survivors in the poignant body acceptance episode

Happy: Fans were excited to see the inclusion and representation of breast cancer survivors in the poignant body acceptance episode

Happy: Fans were excited to see the inclusion and representation of breast cancer survivors in the poignant body acceptance episode

The writer has become an advocate for flat visibility over the years. She shared her story in a Washington Post opinion piece and founded the Less than two breasts advocacy campaign and Instagram page, where Sage’s bio was recently shared.

She told Yahoo Life that she is “chasing several people” in the entertainment industry, including her husband, about introducing characters who are breast cancer survivors.

Selman, who supports his wife’s advocacy, kept an index card on his desk for a few years that read “Simpson’s uniboob,” explaining that he wanted the character to fit seamlessly into the show.

‘We always try to reflect the world as the world changes for the better and for the worse – mostly bad! — but we didn’t want it to feel preachy or cramped. We wanted the fit to feel really clean,” he told the outlet. “Viewers are very sensitive to the feeling of being lectured.”

When they started working on the new episode of Juliet Kaufman, he realized that Sage was the perfect addition to the body acceptance theme.

“The people who’ve seen it so far have been more emotionally moved by every other episode I’ve ever worked on, which is just complete magic,” said Selman, who has been the show’s writer and producer for more than two decades.

‘I felt good about it. But people just look at it and cry! You want to make them laugh anyway. But crying is a close second.’

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