Two other women, also breast cancer survivors, said their husbands left them after they were diagnosed. Both had to have mastectomies (in case anyone doesn’t know, this is the surgical operation to remove one or both breasts).
The first woman said her husband told her that he would rather see her dead than see her lose her breasts. The second woman had her operation and waited all day to be picked up by her husband, who never arrived. By nightfall, one of the nurses offered to give her a ride, and she came home to find the house empty.
Obviously, these are extreme cases of a man’s reaction to his wife’s breast cancer, but this is what I see when I see the “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets. I see love of the body parts, not the person being treated—not the patient, not the victim, not the survivor."
oh my god this is heartbreaking
Talk about objectification and misogyny at its extreme! *shakes head*
Maybe future women who come from families with a history of breast cancer should make their husbands sign a contract that say something like this: “I, *hubby’s name*, solemnly swear that… in the instance that my wife might need to get her breasts removed… I will continue to stick by her and value her for the person that she is… and not for the lumps that fat that might, one day, need to be removed.”