By S. Crompvoets
An exam of surgical breast reconstruction which establishes a powerful hyperlink among, at the one hand, the private emotions and activities of girls with breast melanoma, and at the different, strong discourses and practices of the breast melanoma circulate.
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You know, there were three or four people there and nurses and technicians and all that sort of thing, and I just knew. From the outset Nell’s description and experience of her diagnosis is linked with her mother’s. She articulates that her response to her own diagnosis was more of a response to her mother’s experience, eliciting feelings of sympathy and bewilderment at her mother’s coping all on her own. Nell wants to see for herself what her mammogram looks like. 00 pm. And when I went in there was this waiting room and it was just like a sausage factory, absolutely packed with all women, mostly middle aged and older women, and most were sitting there in fear.
The interview also highlights the tensions of her new post-surgical self, as Nell is at once proud and public about her breast cancer yet finds it necessary to cover up her post-surgical body in order to fit a hegemonic feminine appearance. Nell was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and had bilateral mastectomies followed by chemotherapy. She describes her diagnosis: I was on two-yearly mammograms, and afterwards I found out I should have been on yearly mammograms, because my mother had died of breast cancer in 1984.
I think I’d be the first person to know. But it’s lovely having two different personalities because there is one thing you can discuss with one and there are different things you can discuss with the other. Nell reiterates this faith in her knowledge of her body and the advantages of having chemotherapy. Narratives of the Self 35 And I was feeling so well after I had my chemo. Now a friend of mine has just had the same chemo and she has to be hospitalized one full day after and she is in bed for one whole week.