“Their absence makes me feel sad,
I look around at my peers, envious and curious,
Obsessing over when they will show up.
When they do, they never seem to live up to expectations,
Too small, too uneven, but what’s sure is it’s a sign I’m no longer a child.
It adds to my wardrobe in a hushed way,
I don’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed that they’re finally here.
I look at magazines; should I display them more?
Or will my whole essence be reduced to how big they appear under my shirt.
I’m confused but feel alone with no one to talk to about these new guests.”
Poonam Merai is an internal medicine physician.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “There is no other body part that has filled me with such a roller coaster of emotion.”
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