Wonder Woman and me

I love Gal Gadot. I love Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. In my heart Gal Gadot and I are great friends even though we have never met.

There is a scene in the movie where Wonder Woman is taking on tremendous fire from enemy forces. While she is dodging bullets and advancing toward the bad guys, the other heroes are sneaking around the side and start picking off the bad guys as they focus on shooting at Wonder Woman.

Isn’t that a great metaphor? The Wonder Woman takes all the fire as the other people don’t take a bullet and take out the bad guys not under any threat at all?

My breast surgeon is a little wisp of a thing, maybe 80 pounds soaking wet after a big meal. When she handed me the binder, the breast cancer information and resources binder, while delivering the diagnosis she looked at my six foot two well fed husband with a cuddly belly and said “Don’t worry, we’ve got this.” I held my binder, walked out to the waiting room and saw other women with binders and walked to the car. In the car I was numb, in shock, in a Dali type surreal place. John looked at me and said with 100% certainty, not a doubt in his face or voice: “Don’t worry, we’ve got this”.

Dumbfounded, I looked at him and posed the question of how could he be so sure? He simply responded that if someone that small could be that confident, she must know what she is talking about and she says we’ve got this, so we do.

Thankfully they were right. Three surgeries, about to have a fourth, later, I am cancer free and probably the healthiest I have been in my adult life.

We recently watched Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot, again and that scene, the one I called a metaphor earlier, where she takes all the bullets while the other heroes sneak around. I saw it so much differently this time. The Wonder Woman was taking all of the fire while the heroes go to the other side a kill each person that is shooting at her with great efficiency and suddenly she isn’t taking fire any more.

Isn’t that a great metaphor? Doesn’t that just represent in a wonderfully DC way the fight with cancer? The patient takes all the fire while other heroes do their jobs to heal her? I wear all of my breast cancer/wonder woman tee shirts with pride keeping the new interpretation of that scene close to my heart and what it now means in my life. I still think that Gal Gadot and I are great friends despite having never met, she would probably wear a tee shirt like that too!

Published by survivorsherpa

I am a wife and mother to three daughters, a chemist and a breast cancer survivor. I would very much like to help others by caring and advocating for them while sharing my experiences and tips that may help to thrive during and after treatment.

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