Kira Goldenberg


Anorexia, Then Breast Cancer: What I Learned About Stigma and Support

We have yet to kick the notion that the anorexic shoulders some of the blame for her own illness. Try suggesting that to a cancer patient.

At the end of the summer I spent as a live-in nanny in the Hamptons, I was changing into a swimsuit to join my charge in the pool—life was hard—when my fingers brushed against a lump I’d never noticed before. It was small and hard and nestled at the top of my left breast. The child’s mother told me not to worry—at age 26, it was likely benign.

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