Last night, a friend emailed me a link to a New York Times story with the note: “Why your book should be published! Now it’s a trend!” I clicked on the link. Held my breath. Then did a double take.
Was this a Halloween trick?
Was I dreaming?
The story was Roni Caryn Rabin’s smart, thoughtful, carefully constructed piece about women who choose not to reconstruct after breast cancer. As I read the piece, scrolling through the stunning photographs, I braced myself for the worst — insensitive quotes, medical misogyny, and ill-informed rhetoric — but it never materialized.
Instead, the writer made several points I’ve been making for years:
- Reconstruction is not as simple as it sounds
- Sky-high complication rates are breast reconstructions “dirty little secret”
- Going flat challenges long-held assumptions about femininity, which is why…
- Many physicians don’t inform women that going flat is an option
I will say more on this soon…but this is a game changer folks! HUZZAH!!!