An exhausting and out of the ordinary day indeed
The first half of the day was kind of crazy as I was filmed half naked for a kids show(!) on a national kids TV channel called DR Ultra. The theme was breasts and there were five of us, wearing undies as our only garment, in front of an entire school class answering questions about this topic alone. The episode was one out of five in total centred around different body parts.
I have to say I’m proud of living in a country that is open enough about the body to be able to make such a show. The kids had really wonderful questions and I can’t wait until the show airs in May.
Second half of the day was to get the yearly mammogram and ultrasound scan of my chest. Needless to say, this is a way less fun activity and I was grateful to be occupied with filming all morning to keep my mind on something else. To call this yearly event nerve-wracking is an understatement. In the end all was perfectly fine this time, with absolutely no sign of disease. But just seeing all the equipment, being in that dreaded place where all the awful things started two years ago is a lot for the mind to cope with. I’m not sure this is ever something I’ll get used to.
The Chief Physician that did my yearly exam asked me how I had detected the tumour in the first place. I told her my story, how something completely unrelated and definitely not something indicating cancer, had made my doctor send me to a mammogram that eventually made me find the hidden tumour behind the nipple – way earlier than if I’d had waited for any symptoms. She was stunned and told me several times how lucky I had been. To have such early detection, especially being so relatively young, is very rare in this case.
And the feeling of luck is returning to me. Both in the early detection, but also that I get to do all of these amazing projects related to the body, like the kids show. I’ve finally received the pictures from the Body Book that was taken in December by Sex & Samfund. Hopefully the pictures will end up in a real book at some point together with a lot of other bodies of all sorts, making a broad representation of body types. All bodies are good bodies!
Standing naked in all of these situations have made it so clear to me how much I appreciate my body. Having cancer is never a gift in any way, but I sure do feel I’ve made the most of it. Also, in a couple of months I’m going to be on the cover of a magazine. What’s not to like about that?