By: Jordan Blum
Brave Mastectomy Interview With Rebecca
The problem of body image and recognition is something many people struggle with in society now. It becomes much more extreme when folks are driven to alter as well as remove body parts as a result of sickness. As time goes on, advances in the disciplines of medicine enable us to live more. But sometimes there is a significant price to pay.
As is, girls are far more predisposed to have problems with body images issues than men. No group knows this better than those unfortunate women who have been hit with cancer – breast cancer to be unique.
Recently, the issue of breast cancer has taken center stage in America. Big name companies like Avon have launched breast cancer awareness campaigns, and October is now well known as breast cancer awareness month. Additionally, new breakthroughs in genetic testing can predict the odds of someone’s chances of being afflicted by this disease.
We at Nudist Portal have been working tirelessly, trying to get folks to look beyond someone’s external looks and learn to see the person inside.
As part of our devotion and dedication to the promotion of body acceptance and putting a finish to body shame, I decided to reach out and speak to girls who was compelled to pick between their lives or the loss of what some girls feel is a symbol of their femininity – their breasts.
I needed to attempt to understand, as best I could, the core problems that http://partnerpost.net/2016/04/so-your-family-would-be-nudists-then/ confronts. What’re the real thoughts, feelings and emotions that a woman copes with before, during and after receiving the news that she either has or will most likely come down in the future with breast cancer?
Rebecca – Mastectomy Post Surgery
Before we start, I would like to thank the girls who were willing to open up and share some of their deepest thoughts and emotions with the hopes that maybe they’ll manage to influence somebody else’s life for the better.
It is a difficult thing to inquire of a man let alone for them to do. I trust that I ‘m competent to do justice to them, their fights and their narratives.
The first woman that I spoke to was Rebecca, a 43 year old woman in the UK and stepmother of two. Below is my conversation with this brave and awesome young woman.
Q. Could you share with me the type in June this season. I had a lot of DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ) which is non-invasive, but still a difficulty and also a 3mm invasive tumour. I had a lumpectomy in July, which proved unsuccessful and went on to have a recommended mastectomy at the end of July.
A. I was clinically determined to have breast cancer of cancer you had and the medical procedure you underwent?
I am really pleased to say that the cancer cells hadn’t invaded my lymph and I was given the all clear. I didn’t need to have Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy, but will be taking Tamoxifen for the next 5 years.
Q. Was the genuine experience different than the way you imagined it to be?
A. I always envisioned that I ‘d totally fall apart if given the news that I had cancer; it was one of my biggest fears. I ‘ve been quite surprised to find that that wasn’t the case. I was, actually, very calm and managed and dare I say, much braver and more powerful than I ever would have considered myself capable. The experience has really been very empowering and has changed me for the better.
Q. When you first discovered that you had breast cancer – What ideas, feelings, emotions and anxieties were going through your head?
A. Disbelief, shock, incredulity, “I’m too young!”, fear, but my immediate feeling was numbness, nearly a surreal, dreamlike state.
Q. Did any body image thoughts run through your mind?
I know girls who say that the anxiety about dying was as powerful as the feeling of being a “lesser girl.” Was that something that even entered your mind?
A. No, I can’t say I ‘ve been excessively affected in terms of body image. I’ve always been a “standard size” and by that, I mean a UK size 14-16. I ‘m not a health club / exercise junkie – I drink, I smoke and I eat what I want! My self esteem is not actually linked to what I look like, although I do hate bad hair days!
Q. Did you have to have a full mastectomy on one / both breasts?
I ‘d an first lumpectomy which was unsuccessful, so went on to have a total right-side mastectomy
Q. Did you undergo about reconstruction. It is a HUGE operation, which takes a long time, at least 12 months. I got http://x-nudists.com/index.php/2016/11/03/once-naked-i-felt-relaxed-and-comfortable/ , so have decided to try that for a number of months and see how I go on.
A. I am still unsure reconstructive surgery?
By: Jordan Blum