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Unread 11-01-2005, 10:08 PM
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At my work they watch old sit-coms. Tonight they were watching an old Home Improvement show. One where the wife needed a hyst. Tim Allen explained it to his kids like this: It's like her insides are shaped like a moose's head. They are going to remove the moose's face and leave its antlers.
All the men in the room were laughing. I felt horrible. I had a hyst and it is not a laughing matter!!! When will society catch up to the reality of a woman's life. I have no children. The woman in the show did, and she still related that she felt bad about the hyst. And they still made jokes about it. Am I being too sensitive?? Anyway I just needed to vent. Hope you ladies understand. Blessings, nancy
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Unread 11-02-2005, 06:54 AM
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No, I don't think you are being too sensitive. I find it offensive. This is not one of those situations where you need to learn to laugh at a situation, or learn to laugh at yourself, it is a serious, life-changing, deeply emotional surgery.

Miz x
Unread 11-02-2005, 09:24 PM
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Thank you for your reply. Yes it is life altering surgery. But we must go on...for ourselves and those who love us. So I guess laughter is the best medicine. But on another subject...not hysterectomy. Thanks for your support. nancy
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Unread 11-03-2005, 12:40 PM
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I think it is just another insensitive case of how it is easier to laugh about another person's body or issues. Notice they were men and did not make a joke about losing their balls or having a vasectomy. That is just too close and personal where as a hysterectomy is not at all. I hate jokes made at the expense of another person.
Unread 11-03-2005, 12:48 PM
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No, I don't think that you are being too sensitive. I think that sitcom producers (especially if they are male) think that they are being funny when they describe things. I think that the comments that he made were rude, insensitive, and just plain ignorant. One cannot expect men to get how traumatic and hard a hysterectomy can be for people. I think that I would have reacted the same way you did if I had seen that episode. Having a hysterectomy is hard emotionally, physically, and mentally. I don't think that it is right to joke about it in such an insensitive manner. Some people just don't get it.

Sorry you had to go through all of this and had to be subject to such insensitive comments. Next time a sitcom has such insensitivity just leave the room until you can collect your emotions or until the show is over..

Sending s your way.
Unread 11-03-2005, 10:23 PM
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Dear Ladl and Mustang,
Thank you for your support. Yes, if I could have I would have left the room. Unfortunately, this was at my job and I could not leave. Anyway, I guess I must learn to educate those around me when this stuff happens. Trouble is I just react and then there is no energy left to educate. Do you think they would hear the other side of it? Everything is a process. Hopefully, next time I will be prepared enough to speak my heart. Thanks again for the support. It means a lot. nancy

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