For over 25 years, I have devoted my life to educating adolescents and young adults by providing them with the interventions and support that they need to become productive citizens of our society. As a middle school principal, I have driven into my teachers’ consciousness that students must develop a healthy self-esteem to build and maintain a positive socio–emotional outlook. Students in the middle school setting need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance from their peers and their immediate community. In reflecting on myself and my experience with my own self-image, I have come to realize that my own perception of myself was not healthy. It was not until after I began to accept my own feelings and address them, that I was able to develop my own healthy outlook.
I am a person who believes that events and people come into one’s life not as an accident but by divine providence. For so many years, too many to state, I have had severely enlarged breasts. I would go on a diet and I would lose weight in every area except my breasts. As I grew older my breasts became heavier and made it difficult for me to participate in normal activities, such as, sleeping on one’s back, getting out of bed on the first try, being able to join a gym or become a member of a sports team, etc.
Physically, the heaviness of my breasts caused me to experience excruciating back pain and my shoulders suffered from deep bruising. I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. I began researching my options for breast reduction and began talking to friends and friends of friends to see how many had ever experienced or explored the option of surgery.