Yet, suddenly, people at work started hugging me out of the blue, for no reason that I could see. I'm not really that popular and am most definitely not a hugger, so this sudden display of affection was suspicious. People were starting to ask me how I felt, even though as far as they knew, I was healthy as a cancer-free horse.
Clearly, word was getting out.
Schools are gossipy places. I suppose all workplaces are, but for some reason, I think schools are worse. All those teenage hormones floating in the air rub off on the staff, and the whispering begins.
Hey, I wonder if those extra hormones gave me cancer? Somebody should look into that.
Anyway, I realized this was not going to be a secret much longer, if it even was now. Plus, it'd be a really hard secret to keep if I had to come to work one day without breasts and hair.
I realized I had to take matters into my own hands and tell people myself.
But, how to do it?
I could go on the morning annoucements, but that might freak our new 6th graders out. I could go into each classroom and interrupt lessons, but that news would really only fit into the science curriculum.
I decided to send an email to the entire staff at once, and get it over with.
A detour back to gossip for a minute, just to explain the text of my email: . I'm a tiny woman with relatively large breasts, and I'd been told over the years that some people in the school suspected my girls were fake.
Yes, my real/fake boobs had been the subject of discussion, that's what working in a middle school is like.
So, I decided to dispel two rumors at once:
I know there have been rumors about my boobs since I started working at this school. First, let me assure you - they are real and they are spectacular. :)
I have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I will be seeing a surgeon and oncologist as soon as possible, so will be in and out in the coming weeks to discuss treatment plans.
Assuming I need a mastectomy, and it does appear that way, I was planning on having a “good-bye boob” party and inviting everybody for a final feel-up. I figured $20.00 would be a bargain – $10.00 to me for tech goodies to keep me comfortable during chemo infusions and $10.00 for breast cancer research. :)
I’ll keep you all informed. No worries.
I wonder how many got the Seinfeld reference?