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Jul 21, 2022 02:03PM
Jul 22, 2022 06:18AM
Dear mt1, thank you so much for that rant!!!!! I myself am unilaterally flat having opted for a unilateral mastectomy without reconstruction. I also choose to be lopsided without wearing a prosthesis. After I read this quote from Audre Lorde, I was floored and even more steadfast in my decisions to go about as I am - lopsided. I too look for women like me so, like Lorde says, we can be visible to each other.
Resonated with me. From poets.org: "Lorde was a noted prose writer as well as poet. Her account of her struggle to overcome breast cancer and mastectomy, The Cancer Journals (1980), is regarded as a major work of illness narrative. In The Cancer Journals, Lorde confronts the possibility of death. Recounting this personal transformation led Lorde to address the silence surrounding cancer, illness, and the lived experience of women. For example, Lorde explained her decision not to wear a prosthesis after undergoing a mastectomy in the Journals: "Prosthesis offers the empty comfort of 'Nobody will know the difference.' But it is that very difference which I wish to affirm, because I have lived it, and survived it, and wish to share that strength with other women. If we are to translate the silence surrounding breast cancer into language and action against this scourge, then the first step is that women with mastectomies must become visible to each other.""
Patricia, Age 56, Dx DCIS, IDC, Right Mastectomy
8/18/2009, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/11/2010 Whole breast: Breast
3/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/31/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
7/17/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)