9 responses to “Double Mastectomy Decision: My essay in Slate”

  1. Melanie Testa

    Thank you for writing a rebuttal of the poorly named article in the New York Times. I too choose PCM, here is my article on the topic: http://melanietesta.com/2014/02/the-grace-to-be-flat-and-fabulous/

  2. Momine

    Thank you for writing that.

  3. Momine

    I just watched a news segment, where a plastic surgeon explained why he thinks reconstruction is important. #1 reason, according to him? It restores the patient’s self-esteem.

    This may be true for some women, but the assumption that this is so universally really bothers me. Neither my femininity nor my self-esteem ever resided in my breasts. For one thing I possessed both qualities long before I had any breasts, and I really am so much more than those particular body parts.

  4. Cheryl Suchors

    Paternalistic and sexist indeed! Seems like our breasts are always in the public eye where many feel entitled to comment on them and our choices about their health. Thanks for the article.

  5. FlatNFabulous

    Thank you Catherine!!

  6. Lindsey Neale-Rozga

    Dear Catherine, I ready your blog from 7/31/14 in October, a few days before my double mastectomy (3rd surgery). Necessary, no; preferable, definitely. Thinking about more surgeries and tests on the one remaining was what made me sure and reading your article endorsed my decision. I hope you are well and thriving!

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