Breast Cancer and the Post-Surgical Body: Recovering the by S. Crompvoets

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

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Breast Cancer and the Post-Surgical Body: Recovering the Self

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

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For example, I argue that identity and breast loss are linked22 and I examine the discursive and material practices which reproduce a woman’s post-surgical self and body in potentially damaging ways. I explore the influence that the medical profession and prosthetic manufacturers have in contributing to women’s decision making regarding breast restoration,23 making more explicit the active role women play in reproducing aesthetic norms. 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.

The metaphor of the landmine correlates to Hallowell’s research which conceives the ‘at risk’ genetic body as a ‘dangerous body’. Within this discourse cancer is constructed as a silent and deadly disease, just like a landmine, sitting there waiting for something to trigger it off. 18 Hallowell identifies prophylactic mastectomy as enabling women to regain control of their body by disposing of the dangerous parts – the breasts. But Nell does not just link it to her family history, she is frustrated when the doctors do not see it as linked to her other reproductive health choices.

The only time I do find it difficult is I absolutely love swimming and I like sun dresses so I have to wear a bra where it doesn’t show and the dress so it doesn’t show and the bathers so it doesn’t show, and it’s quite difficult. When you bend down and you have got bathers on it can often sort of hang down so they can see that you haven’t got any boobs. And I am not worried for myself, I mean I couldn’t care less but other people like children or elderly people can get highly embarrassed . . my son has made me some prostheses out of shoulder pads and he has sewn them into my bathing costume and they are really quite safe.

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