Dr. Me, a story written by Ann Kim, is part of The Day My Nipple Fell Off and Other Stories of Survival, Solidarity, and Sass: A BAYS Anthology
What breast cancer takes away and what other young women who’ve been there can give you—that’s what the stories here are about: keeping your humor and sass through some pretty grim moments. This book is a source to reach for when you need that voice of someone who shares your scars and your scares. It broaches topics that are not the usual fare of cancer self-help literature: What is it like to tell someone you’re dating that cancer has put you in menopause? To explain to your inquiring preschooler why you no longer need a bra? To attend a high-school reunion post-chemo and acknowledge your changed appearance? These subjects and others show how breast cancer changes our bodies and our sense of ourselves in the world, but also how it makes us acutely aware of what we love, what we cling to, how we want to spend our precious moments on this earth.