Hi, I’m Kat!
Thanks for stopping by.
I write things for a living. Usually those things are not books. But when I care about something so deeply that I don’t feel like I have a choice, I write a book. So far I’ve written two. Maybe at some point I’ll write more!
I grew up in Rhode Island (and a little bit in Holland and Switzerland).
I met my husband as an acting intern at a Shakespeare festival. It took me two years to figure out we were more than friends.
I had breasts until I was 51. Then I had some cancer and decided not to have breasts anymore.
I don’t miss them.
As a young person, I loved to dance and sing and be on stage.
I’ve lived nearly all of my adult life in New York City.
I am pretty serious about cooking. Also eating. I spend most of my time thinking about what I’m going to cook and/or eat next. Even in the middle of a meal, I may be thinking about my next meal.
I compost religiously. That is my only religious affiliation.
I majored in theater at Yale.
I don’t sing or dance anymore (except in the shower and the elevator) but I still love going to the theater.
If I stand up very straight I’m 5’2”.
What I lack in height I make up for in diligence and determination.
“I don’t love that I had cancer. I don’t love that I lost my breasts. But I love my life, I love myself, and yes, I even love my new body. In short, I am flat and I am happy.”
From the introduction to Flat and Happy
This comprehensive guide gives women who are seeking an alternative to breast reconstruction the information and tools they need to make informed decisions and to advocate for themselves before and after mastectomy surgery.
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Not Putting on a Shirt
Featuring advisors Dr. Camelia Lawrence, FACS and Wendy Meyers, MSW LCSW, hosted by Kim Bowles of Not Putting on a Shirt.
Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different
A candid conversation with Christopher Lochhead, host of the #1 dialogue podcast, about navigating the healthcare system and life after mastectomy
Plastic Surgery Practice
Breast Friends of Oregon
Susan G. Komen
To provide additional perspective, Susan G. Komen reached out to Katrin van Dam, author of the recently-published book, Flat and Happy.
Latest Posts from Flat Forum
Shortly after publishing “Flat and Happy” I was approached by a reader who had some suggestions for how to make it more inclusive. Jess, who is queer and identifies as nonbinary, rightly
Kim Bowles, founder of Not Putting on a Shirt, stops by to drop some knowledge about the origins of Flat Denial… and how to stop it.
When you write a book, you have to make so many decisions about what to include and what to cut. For “Flat and Happy,” I interviewed dozens of patients about their experiences,
Heather is a nurse, a two-time breast cancer survivor, and the founder of a lingerie company every flattie should know about.