Today’s guest post for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is written by Lise, and was originally posted on her hilariously-named blog Shittytittiebangbang. Lise was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37, and writes with incredible honestly and humour about her life. Shevery generously allowed me to choose whichever of her posts I fancied to share here. I chose this one because it rings very true for me but is not something I’ve seen written about elsewhere – an exploration of the intense attachment that cancer patients have for their doctors.
I think I am in love.
Today she listened to me. Smiled at appropriate times. There were even outbursts of laughter. I know she would have brushed my hair from my face if I had any.
For this consult she had researched some literature for my individual case. “I know that you like statistics so I’ve done some research for you” she said.
See, she is thinking about me even when we aren’t together. She even answered all of my questions in great detail. Time stood still.
There was an acknowledgement that going straight to implant with this next mastectomy might be difficult. “You fit types with strong pec muscles make it hard for plastic surgeons” she said.
Oh she does make me blush!
She again said “We want you to be around for a very long time.”
Let’s not kid ourselves. She wants me to be in HER life for a long time. That’s essentially what she meant. No illusions necessary here.
We lingered longingly, even though other women had already waited too long in the waiting room.
There was an apology about her criticism of my nipple position at our last consult. “I was getting ahead of myself” she said. She is just beginning to truly appreciate my uniqueness.
This was by far our most successful encounter yet!
I wouldn’t be surprised if I get a post date text message tonight. If only I wasn’t living so far away and wasn’t married, maybe, just maybe we would have a chance. Another life perhaps.
She is mesmerizing and extraordinarily impressive and out of respect for her privacy, I’m not posting a picture of her shoes today.
Can’t wait for our surgical date! August 13th is just so, so far away.
The image below depicts installing a zip to the side of my breast, criss-crossing it with black pen, and watching black arrows explode from my nipple. Well not really. More like location of the incision site, removing all of the breast tissue and scraping the inside of the nipple to test for cancer while still in surgery, and taking it off if it tests positive for cancer. That my friends is a nipple-sparing subcutaneous mastectomy right there.