On The Simpsons Sunday, we met a character named Dr. Wendy Sage, a hypnotherapist and breast cancer survivor who has had a unilateral mastectomy. Sage was created and voiced by actress, writer, and breast cancer survivor Renee Ridgeley, who is also the wife of Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman.
Ridgeley opened up about the character in an interview with Yahoo! Life about the new character. “While Sage has all the telltale signs of a breast cancer survivor: a visible scar from a port-o-cath (a device used to deliver chemotherapy), curly hair regrowing from chemo treatment, an obviously one-breasted appearance, and is visually concave on her mastectomy side, the episode does not focus on her past disease."
“Sage shows up as exactly who she is now. By living openly as a one-breasted woman, she sends a message of acceptance and wholeness celebrated by individuals in marginalized groups.”
Fans praised the episode, with one person saying, "Many thanks to #TheSimpsons. This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month done well."
Sage’s appearance came during an episode about body acceptance.