Bon Voyage

30 Sep

Maybe it’s just me, but ever since I got diagnosed with breast cancer, I have experienced a much higher occurrence than normal of downright awkward and embarrassing moments. I try my best to find humor in them when I can.  Sometimes it’s harder than others…

Awhile back, my husband Dan & I, along with our 3 children, went on a once-in-a-life-time family vacation to the east coast. We had been planning this trip for over a year. Finally the day of departure arrived. Early in the morning, we showed up at the airport with our luggage, eager to begin our long-anticipated trip.

But first we had to go through security.

Dan and our 3 kids walked right through security with no problem. Not me. I got sent into one of TSA’s fancy new full body scanners where they can see everything. Apparently they did not like what they saw.

They made me remove my sweatshirt, and so all I was wearing was this tiny little camisole that I never wear in public without something over it.

As I continued to stand there in the scanner, arms raised, I wondered if I had forgotten to remove something else – earrings maybe?

Then, all of a sudden, I found myself surrounded by guards. Big guards. They escorted me– barefoot and in my tiny camisole– to secondary.

It began to dawn on me that this was not about earrings. I wondered if maybe my breast reconstruction is what looked suspicious on their scanner.

I wanted to explain to them how ridiculous this was. I was a breast cancer survivor! And hadn’t they ever heard of reconstruction?

But how in the world do you strike up a conversation about your breasts with a couple of very serious tough guys? I had no clue.

In secondary, I was informed that I would have to undergo a frontal exam. A female officer was brought in. And I was not released until she was absolutely certain that I did not, in fact, have a bomb in my bra.

I was hard pressed to find any humor in all this. But my kids? They thought this was one of the most exciting parts of our whole trip — and we hadn’t even left Idaho yet! Not many kids can say that their mom almost got arrested during a family vacation… But now mine sure can.

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One Response to “Bon Voyage”

  1. Wagonwife Designs September 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Oh Jill, What an awful experience. I have not had a problem with my reconstruction when I flew recently. Are they not aware? What was the reason for you to be stopped? I hope you enjoyed the vacation once you got there!!!!

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