In the middle of the 17th century, Mrs Townsend found a lump in her breast: Diagnosed with breast cancer by a local physician, she underwent a mastectomy without anaesthetic – an agonising procedure

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Cancer, History of medicine, Interdisciplinarity, Misogyny, Reproduction, Women, mastectomy

While much of Mrs Townsend’s experience is mercifully alien, the silence that surrounds her post-mastectomy experience is eerily familiar. Each year, 55,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, and up to 40% will choose to undergo a mastectomy. Mastectomy patients are routinely offered surgical replacement of the breast tissue, whether with saline or silicone implants, a tissue transplant from elsewhere on the body, or a combination of the two.

https://theconversation.com/mastectomies-have-been-performed-for-over-500-years-yet-we-still-cant-talk-about-them-144132

It is a common practice amongst people to hide the fact that they are on their periods due to the taboo ridden nature which is associated with it across different religions and cultures

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Out of the 42 girls who replied to this question, 34 girls used words like ‘I am down’ or ‘it is that time of the month’ to convey to others they she was on period which 8 girls did not use any such statements.

https://streamsthevoiceofchange.com/2020/09/12/girls-experiences-with-periods-in-school

“Entropic Mama” to me is all about being a woman who has goals and ambitions, but may not know how to get there right away because she has a lot more to focus on than just herself and/or her goals

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We can feel like we have this set order to our lives and that we have it all together for that moment, but then we fall into disorder because of countless things. Such as mental health, debt, loss of family or friends, anything that is truly out of our immediate control really. Life is all about entropy, the chaos and randomness of the world that eventually brings order, and as long as we don’t give up along the way, we will always see our dreams come to fruition.

https://entropicmama.blog/2020/08/30/take-the-first-step/#comment-2

It was both frightening and liberating because I could finally be in charge of my own body, rather than sitting back and feeling lost in the void of having a genetic cancer syndrome

Keywords: breast surgery , breastcanceradvocate , cancer awareness , cancerawareness , check your breasts , li fraumeni , li fraumeni awareness , mastectomy , prophylactic mastectomy

I’m trying to reclaim my body whilst saying goodbye to it at the same time. Life is a series of paradoxical nightmares.

https://thehaplessandhappydiariesofaimee.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/what-it-means-to-say-goodbye-to-your-body