Could you dance happily before a serious surgery? One remarkable woman did just that, in what we are calling the double mastectomy dance in the operating room.
The video, which is already going viral, is truly inspiring considering what a traumatic type of surgery a mastectomy can be for a woman.
Having your breasts surgically removed is highly emotional and a very difficult decision to make for any woman, but sometimes there is no other choice.
However what Deborah Cohan did yesterday right before she went into surgery to have her breasts removed was incredibly inspirational.
Cohan is an Ob/Gyn and mother of two and had a dance party with her team of doctors and nurses in the operating room of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco.
The double mastectomy patient is seen doing some serious moves, even twerking, to the tune of Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied” while the rest of the staff that will perform the surgery joins her.
Everyone is smiling, including Deborah Cohan and just having a good time. Could you do it?
Cohan requested that friends and family make videos of themselves dancing to Beyonce also, so she could watch them during her recovery.
And they did. Several videos of family members and friends dancing to help Deborah Cohan can be seen on her page called Caring Bridge.org.
The page has a statement from Deborah announcing her “performance” on November 5, the day of the surgery:
“I will be dancing in my little hospital gown and bouffant cap in the Mt. Zion operating room with the surgical and anesthesia teams. My fantasy is for you to play the song (found here) and dance wherever you happen to be (in the kitchen, the carwash, subway platform [Dan!], classroom, Labor and Delivery unit, wherever!) — ideally at 7:30am but really anytime Tuesday. It would be extra remarkable if you could send me a photo (or, better yet, a short video segment) of you dancing (via caringbridge.org or email@example.com). I have visions of a healing video montage. Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”
As a woman, this writer cannot express the depth of admiration for Deborah Cohan, who faced with an incredibly difficult situation chose to do something so joyful. We wish her all the best in her recovery and may those videos keep coming.