“Why I Write”…
and how I managed to get a 6-foot-tall glamazon Avatar! 😉
My essay, “Why I Write,” appears this month in the April issue of The Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine.
Here’s the opening:
Let me tell you about my lump.
When I was 21, a doctor’s exam revealed a tiny lump in my breast, so small that I hadn’t been able to feel it myself until the doctor guided my hand to the exact spot a few centimeters below my right nipple. The lump was smooth, hard-edged, disk-shaped.
I remember my first reaction was one of embarrassment. The doctor was an old man, a stranger, as I’d only gone to him for this physical required in those days to get my visa to go teach in China, and I hated having him become so much more familiar with my body than I was.
My embarrassment soon turned into a new emotion: anxiety. Yes, it’s true. Just as the recent US Preventative Services Task Force report said, we women do tend to feel anxious when a lump shows up in one of our breasts….
You can read the rest of the essay here: Why I Write by May-lee Chai. (The format is easier to read than on my blog, believe me.)
The link will take you directly to The Jakarta Post website’s online edition. However, in the actual print edition of the magazine, the illustrator turned me into this amazing avatar:
Yes, that’s supposed to be me. (Eat your heart out, James Cameron.)
Illustration by Martin Dima ©2010 The Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine
Essay ©2010May-lee Chai