Congratulations to all you survivors! Best of wishes for your continued mental health.
“When that C word is uttered by your health care professional, Shock? Denial? You and your partner have lots of planning to do. Then comes THE day; the procedure. With good fortune you avoid the M word; mastectomy. What has become of your womanhood? We have been there- personally. We are your kindred spirits. We are also aware of how the emotional out come after breast surgery is highly individual.
“The final straw for Addie Gilbert, 51, came when she tried on her favorite red dress, one with stylish crisscross straps in the front, and realized she could probably never wear it again. The heavy prosthesis she used after her mastectomy was clearly apparent underneath. “I was so depressed that I sat on the floor of my bedroom and cut the dress up into little pieces with scissors,” she said. As well as not being able to wear the clothes she loved after her mastectomy, Gilbert was constantly reminded of the trauma of her breast cancer diagnosis every time she looked at herself in the mirror and saw the scar on her chest, she said”. (Emotional Outcome After Breast Surgery Is Highly Individual, Barbara Boughton, Journal of the National Cancer Institute)
“Only when it comes to personal body image and sense of attractiveness to their partners do women who have had mastectomies clearly suffer more self-doubt. As a result, some scientists are emphasizing the need for health professionals to give women complete explanations of what breast cancer surgery may mean in their physical and emotional lives”.( Julia Rowland, Ph.D., director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.)
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