The wounds of war

My post about scarring inspired quite a few thoughtful responses from many survivors. Most commentors agree that they wear their cancer surgery scars like badges of honor, but a few commentors had different perspectives. Ellen, for example, noted certain "internal" scars, such as anemia, that are daily reminders of cancer. Susan probably spoke for many women whose surgery produced less than desirable results, expressing resentment for the surgeon who made her look like the "bride of Frankenstein." Donna told of how her ugly scars make her feel "less of a woman." There was sadness in these posts, but I could also sense an underlying sense of gratitude.I am responsible for doing the laundry in our household. Consequently, I encounter a lot of stains. Some tough stains require multiple treatments to remove. I recently learned that a product called Mean Green removes even set-in, older stains. I mention this because stains are a lot like scars: some are easily removed; others are tough to tackle; and a few are set-in for life. But just like there are many treatments for fabric stains, there are also new ways to deal with scars--even stubborn scars that seem set-in for life. Look for new treatments in our summer issue!