Finding Humor during Breast Cancer

Vickie Community Member March 10, 2008
  • If I didn't find humor during my 2 bouts with breast cancer, radiation, Chemo & 14 reconstructive surgeries I would have gone completely mad. Here are a few examples I remember just off the top of my head.

    1. My grandaughter loved to rub my bald head and one time a man came over to my daughters house to give her a bid on a job, he was bald so she rubbed his head.

    2. When I wore long dangly earring I looked like Mr Clean.

    3. My granddaughter would carry my wig around saying, "Nanna"s hair".

    4. I could be a blonde, brunette, red head or blonde or black headed all with the aid of the different wigs I purchased or people loaned me. It was kinda fun actually.

    5. There was a certain freedom in being bald it was somehow empowering.

    6. I learned to feel sorry for bald men because all your heat comes out of your head. In the winter I wore this little pull over caps my girlfriend gave me & they were great.

    7. Going through my reconstruction surgery I knew no matter how my breasts would turn out they'd always be perky! I figured I will be one of the few women in the nursing home who's breast don't lay down when I do.

     

    That's just a few of the things I remember off the top of my head.       

5 Comments
  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Mar. 11, 2008
    Vickie - "off the top of your head" - HA! Love this post. And I have a seat reserved for you at the Home for Aged and Eccentric Women and their Reconstructions, right next to me- PJH
  • Anonymous
    justajewell
    Sep. 28, 2008

    Vickie,

     

    You are amazing! I'm not sure if this is a site where I asked for humorous breast cancer stories for the article I'm writing for my class.  I'd like to include some of your comments if that is okay.

     

    I wish you the best!  And with 14 reconstructive surgeries, you must have some mighty fine boobs!

  • Anonymous
    Tracy
    Apr. 27, 2008

    It's a funny thing, isn't it, how most women fear losing their hair more than anything else.  I'm not sure why because it does come back I think the great majority of the time.   Also, most of the wigs I have seen women with breast cancer wear looked much nicer than their own hair!  

     

    I would like to see wigs come back in full...

    RHMLucky777

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    It's a funny thing, isn't it, how most women fear losing their hair more than anything else.  I'm not sure why because it does come back I think the great majority of the time.   Also, most of the wigs I have seen women with breast cancer wear looked much nicer than their own hair!  

     

    I would like to see wigs come back in full style again like they were in the 60's.  There does indeed seem to be a trend in that direction.  So many are so beautiful.  What would Britney Spears be without her wigs?

  • Anonymous
    Johanna Lutters
    Mar. 14, 2008

    Finding humor in our situation IS a lifesaver, Vickie! I amused myself during the Holidays by singing "I'll be bald for Christmas" instead of "I'll be HOME for Christmas, ha

    Jo

  • KayeD
    Mar. 13, 2008

    Hi Vickie: 

     

    I need laughter in my life.  Always.  My struggles during surgery, chemo, hair loss, and radiation, and I'm positive during reconstruction, demand facing these difficulties with humor. 

     

    I also tend to appreciate sarcastic humor and so my sons and I would follow all of my complaints or bouts of sickness with the...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Vickie: 

     

    I need laughter in my life.  Always.  My struggles during surgery, chemo, hair loss, and radiation, and I'm positive during reconstruction, demand facing these difficulties with humor. 

     

    I also tend to appreciate sarcastic humor and so my sons and I would follow all of my complaints or bouts of sickness with the phrase, "well, you should of thought about that before you got cancer!"   It is just our way of handling the pain - emotion and physical - of this pariah. 

     

    You have been through so very much and I can laugh and appreciate the stories that you share, as well as the ones from Natalia and others.  We all belong now to a club that no one wants membership with.  However; it connects us and when I see someone walk by me, or on the bus without eyebrows or hair and I touch their shoulder and take off my cold weather beanie and show my very short puppy dog fur hair, we laugh and nod knowlingly and share, for just that instant, some commradery and hope.   That's the best thing in the world. 

     

    Hang in there Vickie!   We're all walking right next to you.

     

    Kaye