28 August 2007

so what?

Heard in the lecture on the thoracic wall & lungs this morning:

“Breast cancer doesn’t kill people. So you lose your breast, so what? It’s metastasis to [other areas] that proves fatal. [….] What’s the matter? Why is everyone looking at me like I’m crazy?”

Oh. My. G-d.

I wish I had the balls to respond with: “What if you get penile cancer? So you lose your penis, so what?” Maybe then he would get the point.


We’re not looking at you like this because you’re crazy, Professor. We’re looking at you like this because we cannot believe you’re that ignorant. All those years of cadavers & formaldehyde have clearly affected your ability to remember that anatomy is about people.


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a little disclaimer...

i'm a medical student. just a student. so please, don't take anything i say too seriously. remember that i was an english literature major as an undergrad, so there is much fiction to be found in these pages. do you think i'm telling a story about you or your illness? more likely, you're tapping into my sense of "everyman"--that is, your story resonates with what i write here because it's not so uncommon after all. need help? please, please go see your physician. <--i'm not her. yet. ;-)