Post Archives from the ‘Body Image’ Category

Exercising Those Demons

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by

Several months ago, I joined a new gym. My previous fitness center had too many problems -- too expensive, too many insensitive personal trainers, too many members who thought they were training for the Olympics, and eventually too many people turning the place into a meat market. I never fared well in the meat-market culture, and I have fared even worse since breast cancer. Maybe Continue reading the story "Exercising Those Demons"

Locker Room Talk

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by

I love my gym’s pool, but I detest the locker room. Too many people see me naked there. I’ve always been modest and shy about my body. Still, since breast cancer socked it to me good – stealing my physical and emotional health… and my body parts – I’ve been excessively paranoid about being naked in front of others. The conversation between my paranoid self and Continue reading the story "Locker Room Talk"

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by

During chemotherapy, I didn't lose my hair.  At the time, I was relieved.  But in hindsight, I wish I would have shaved my hair and eyebrows at the time. I would then have donned my bald head, forcing people to Continue reading the story "Judging a Book by Its Cover"

Lost in Translation

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by

I wrote this piece the year after my double mastectomy with reconstruction. Before my surgery, I was already grappling with body-image issues due to a lumpectomy-disfigured breast. I thus decided to enroll Continue reading the story "Lost in Translation"

Going Off the DIEP End

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by

Five years ago today, I had to get something off my chest. It was my breasts. I had a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction (DIEP) December 1, 2006, a day I will know for the rest of my life.  That day, I was made into a bionic woman of sorts. Abdominal arteries, muscle, and fat were tunneled up to create new man-made Continue reading the story "Going Off the DIEP End"