April 25, 2024

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — I’m one of the lucky ones.

I realized that during six weeks of radiation treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, N.J.

One day early in the process, I was sitting in the radiation waiting room filled with braless women of various ages clad in red and white linen gowns, all waiting to be called for their treatment.

“What are you doing here? You look too young to have cancer — and you have hair,” said a cheerful 60-something-year-old woman with very short gray hair, dangling gold earrings and red lipstick.

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Photo by Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel

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