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By S. Crompvoets

An exam of surgical breast reconstruction which establishes a robust hyperlink among, at the one hand, the private emotions and activities of ladies with breast melanoma, and at the different, robust discourses and practices of the breast melanoma circulation.

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She attempts to disentangle her lay beliefs about what causes cancer, no doubt drawn from popular health discourse on breast cancer, from medical expertise. 15 Nell attempts 32 Breast Cancer and the Post-Surgical Body to take control of her body and fate by refusing to simply wait for her cancer to emerge. She positions herself as an agent of her illness and recovery, claiming responsibility for its causes and having a vital role in deciding on how to manage it. So when I was diagnosed it was not difficult because I’d already requested it.

From the outset Nell’s description and experience of her diagnosis is linked with her mother’s. She articulates that her response to her own diagnosis was more of a response to her mother’s experience, eliciting feelings of sympathy and bewilderment at her mother’s coping all on her own. Nell wants to see for herself what her mammogram looks like. 00 pm. And when I went in there was this waiting room and it was just like a sausage factory, absolutely packed with all women, mostly middle aged and older women, and most were sitting there in fear.

I pay attention to the ways women are situated as at risk of revealing the truth about their mastectomized bodies24 identifying specific sites where this is perpetuated. 26 I examine the material-semiotic practices of the postsurgical body: how women do their bodies in everyday existence. I want to bring the mastectomized body into focus, revealing the personal and cultural narratives of this body and the implications for a woman’s self. Femininity, gender and embodiment The lived experience of both being a body and having a body is central to the sociology of health and illness.

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