February 19, 2012
Lymphoma and leukemia can sap your energy or give you night sweats. Lung cancer can make you cough up blood. And of course, cancer mets can hurt, especially when they're in the bone. But breast cancer? It's just seems so innocuous and mild. Of course, it's anything but. But to inspect a woman's breast and feel the lump seems so routine. (And then to pull out a ruler and measure the size of the lump seems just plain insensitive.) Usually no systemic symptoms. It's usually not visible. It's usually not detectable unless you're searching for it. And it doesn't hurt. Incongruously painless. That seems so metaphysically bizarre to me. It seems like something so life altering should be accompanied by something more ominous and tangible.