Secretly Wishing For Breast Cancer??

Life After Cancer — By on October 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm

kathysecretwishbreastThis picture is from Post Secret. I cannot express how angry it makes me. As a breast cancer survivor I am especially appalled that any normal healthy person would ever wish for a disease that is killing young women! Breast cancer is NOT the way to get skinny and get a boob job!! How about trying diet and exercise! That is the healthier way to go about it without risking death!

I had a mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstruction where they took a piece of belly fat and muscle to make a new breast. It was 10 hours of surgery that I was afraid I would never wake up from. When I finally did I wished I hadn’t I was in so much pain. Although I joke about getting a “free tummy tuck” humor is my way of dealing with the emotional pain and fear I live with as a cancer survivor. I feel as though I have earned that right.

I think the person who wrote this should spend some time with chemo patients who are going bald, vomiting, in early menopause, have chemobrain and then decide if breast cancer still looks enticing. Then take a look at a young woman that has just had that so called boob job with scars, a fake nipple, and no sensation left in that breast and see what you think.

I would never wish breast cancer on my worst enemy nor would I ever wish it on myself. Although I try to take away the positives from a bad experience like how stronger I am from having gone through it, a postive has never been my fake left boob or the huge scar running across my belly that I have to see every day when I look in the mirror. A constant daily reminder of what was taken away because of cancer.

Have you seen this pic? What do you think? Does it make you angry? What would you tell this person if you had the chance?

Cathy Bueti is the author of Breastless in the City. Visit her at

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