Monday, October 08, 2012

Appreciate your Beautiful Breasts

As a woman, I can tell you that I’m in a relationship with my breasts. After all, they’ve always been there for me. And God willing, they will never leave me. On a good breast day, I look in the mirror and appreciate my beautiful twin towers. On a bad day, the can look like they’ve been the unlucky victims of a terrorist attack. Most days, I just appreciate them for what they are and we carry on our business like an old married couple.

It might seem like every woman has a pair, but being blessed with breasts is not a given. So many women around the world have lost their breasts to the terror of cancer. Many have even lost their lives.

Anyone familiar with the E! Entertainment Channel knows that hostess Guiliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, just before she intended to begin a third round of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. She had struggled to conceive with husband Bill Rancic (first winner of Donald Trump’s ‘The Apprentice’) for four years.

During routine tests, lumps were found in both her breasts. After a failed lumpectomy, where doctors attempted to remove the lumps but failed to reach all the cancerous cells, and six weeks of radiation therapy, the television host decided to have a double mastectomy. Both her breasts were removed and then restructured using plastic surgery techniques immediately thereafter.
Even though she got synthetic replacements, and despite catching the cancer early, Rancic lost both her breasts. On the same day. Lucky for her, she kept her life. Many women are not so lucky. Everyday, women in Tanzania and the greater East African region die from breast cancer. In some countries in the region, the incidence of cancer among both men and women is thought to rival that of both HIV and Aids and malaria. It is that serious. Unlike Guiliana Rancic who was privileged to catch the cancer early, many Tanzanian women die because the disease is frequently diagnosed in the latter stages, often when it has spread and become untreatable.

And yet, there are women who survive this deadly disease. Women who will usually come out of it wounded, but victorious. Breast cancer – any cancer really – is a ravaging illness that takes a huge toll on a woman’s body. Again, not many women in the East African context – those who survive - are able to pay a plastic surgeon to reconstruct their breasts. Instead, they are forced to live the rest of their lives at ground zero, with only a memory of where their breasts once stood. It is indeed, a terrifying thought.

So. If you’re one of the lucky ones, give your breasts some love this weekend. Appreciate them for the natural beauties that they are. And if you haven’t already, make an appointment for a mammogram. Saving the ‘girls’ can be as simple as catching the cancer early.

Source: The Citizen

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