Dying from Embarrassment?

Phyllis Johnson Health Guide August 23, 2009
  • "Oh, I just died from embarrassment," we tell our friends with a laugh when relating a story about an awkward social moment.    We don't mean it literally, but sometimes it is all too true.  When embarrassment keeps us from seeing the doctor about an issue of sexual or breast health,...

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Aug. 24, 2009

    Phyllis, thanks for the backstory on the stages we've gone through re: being proud (or ashamed) of our breasts. I'm forever grateful to Betty Ford for revealing her breast cancer back in the '70s; it was considered SO shameful (WHY?!), but if the President's wife has breast cancer and can talk about it, well...

     

    Now, I'm happy to show my breasts to perfect...

    RHMLucky777

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    Phyllis, thanks for the backstory on the stages we've gone through re: being proud (or ashamed) of our breasts. I'm forever grateful to Betty Ford for revealing her breast cancer back in the '70s; it was considered SO shameful (WHY?!), but if the President's wife has breast cancer and can talk about it, well...

     

    Now, I'm happy to show my breasts to perfect strangers - and do! Under the auspices of our hospital's BeFriend program, which matches up veteran survivors with newbies who have a similar diagnosis. Since I had a TRAM flap, I often speak to women getting TRAM flaps - and am happy to pull up my shirt to show them the "after" version of what they're undergoing.

     

    Thanks again - PJH

     

     

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Aug. 24, 2009

      I'm sure it really helps others to see your new breast!  The more we can demystify this disease the better.  Keep up the good work!  

  • pinkkitchen
    Jun. 02, 2011

    Thanks so much for this article, as I , too, am a young survivor who will be participating in the Bodypainting project. Something that most people do not consider is the blow that breast cancer deals to a woman's sexuality and self-image. It takes a lot of strength and...re-purposing, for lack of a better word, our goals and our needs. But it is possible. Not...

    RHMLucky777

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    Thanks so much for this article, as I , too, am a young survivor who will be participating in the Bodypainting project. Something that most people do not consider is the blow that breast cancer deals to a woman's sexuality and self-image. It takes a lot of strength and...re-purposing, for lack of a better word, our goals and our needs. But it is possible. Not only that - it is beautiful.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jun. 02, 2011

      Have fun with the project - we are ALL beautiful... PJH

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Jun. 03, 2011

      I'm so excited that you will be doing this.  Do you get to tell the artist what kind of pictures you want?  If so, what have you chosen?  This is very cool.

    • BCABPP
      Jul. 21, 2011

      I already have a great design in mind for her :-)