Friday, May 17, 2013

Newsy: Angelina’s Breasts

Angelina's breasts are in the news or rather her removal of her breasts is the real story. And you know what? It’s everybody’s business.

My breasts have never inspired such attention for any reason, good or bad. I’m glad. The most hubbub ever made about my breasts was made by me at the brafitter’s across the street. They don’t carry “such small sizes”. Well that hardly seems in keeping with the whole brafitting philosophy, but whatever. I’m not complaining, definitely not, especially when I have witnessed my sister, whose bra size falls at the other end of the alphabet, struggle all her life with breasts.

Our maternal grandmother had a double-mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer. She survived. I have observed a close relative’s mother whose own mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all passed away in their 50’s from breast cancer, die at a young age also of cancer. I have seen that daughter get tested over and over again, her first fear that she’d pass on the “cancer gene” to her children. Her fear was real as her brother also suffered from cancer at a young age. Now I observe her fear that despite not being a cancer gene carrier, she will die young of cancer and leave her children motherless. In her early 30’s she is tested every 6 months, by doctor’s recommendation.

I will not judge someone whose threat of cancer is so real it is almost tangible for doing anything they can to escape that disease. I also won’t judge someone for doing what they need to escape the fear and protect their own sanity.

And if I wanted to collect opinions about the topic, I would ask some cancer survivors, families of cancer patients, doctors, women who also had mastectomies in the name of prevention. Whose the last person I’d want to hear from? A priest and Terlikowski. Ja pierdole.

14 comments:

Stardust said...

Ja pierdole is right. Some people just looooveee to be smart if comes to other people lives. Too bad they don't know how to improve their own.

Chris said...

Exactly :)

Lukrecja z Borgiow said...

Not only that, they love to run your life, they know better then you, furthermore, they know more then professionals.
Ja pierdole.

czarownica said...

Or Piecha, even worse as he's a doc and a former min of health!

Angelina did a great job with this interview, we're hoping here in the UK for a repeat of Jade Goody's effect when women were rushing for outdated smears after she'd died.
Now mammography uptake and self-referral family cancer clinic appointments should be on the raise. Good.

Zuzanka said...

Apart from the Angelina's breasts, I love your use of phraze "Ja pierdolę" with Terlikowski nearby. You definitely embrace Poland.

Chris said...

Hee, hee. I embrace the dark (humor) side of Poland ;)

Pieczyk said...

I am not sure I agree with Angelina's decision and I come from a "breast cancer family". Having said that, it always "amazes" me how men (including "kler") in Poland always have the most to say about stuff that only concerns women...

Pieczyk said...

Oh yeah, and I love the ending to your post!

Marek Cyzio said...

Actually the dumbest comment came from Aneta Kręglicka. But what else do you expect from a blonde?

Chris said...

Marek- I had to find what she said and here it is: "Mammografii nie robię! Jestem przeciwna mammografii, choć może nie powinnam tego mówić. To zbyt ryzykowne badanie, kobieta jest narażona na zbyt silne promieniowanie, o wiele silniejsze, niż zwykłe rentgen. Jest jakaś sytuacja, która wymaga głębszej kontroli, to wtedy jest rezonans magnetyczny. Byłabym ostrożna, by promować mammografię."

czarownica said...

What a twat!
But what'd you expect from a former Miss Polonia?
She had to look, not to think, that's it.

Chris said...

It's so stupid that it is hard to believe she (or anybody for that matter) actually said it. And the worst thing is that she is so proud of her ignorance. For those of you who don't know Polish, this lady starts her comments with "I won't have a mammogram! I'm against mammograms..."

Anonymous said...

mieszkam w stanach i mammografie robie co rok ale nie uwazam,ze Angelina jest hero,bo co bedzie nastepne jesli jej powiedza,ze ma sklonnosc do raka trzustki to wtedy co usunie trzustke,watrobe,ba nawet mozg i jajniki profilakyka i jeszcze raz profilaktyka to co jest b,wazne i zdrowy tryb zycia ale to tylko moja opinia,pozdrawiam

czarownica said...

Dla jednych za profilaktykę wystarczy mammografia, inni potrzebują badań genetycznych i profilaktycznych operacji, tak trudno zrozumieć?
Zdrowy tryb życia g... da przy genetycznym ryzyku raka prawie 90%
Jolie effect już widać - nawet w Polsce kobiety ruszyły na mammografie, a są rejony gdzie korzysta poniżej 40%, w sumie żałosne.