Non-Believer

By Brian Chelcun

Today I met my first nonbeliever.  Someone who hadn’t seen me around in a while, and asked where I’d been.  ‘Oh, I was out of the office for a while, I had to have surgery….’

Non-Believer: Oh my, what’s wrong, is everything ok?

Me: Yeah, I actually had to have my stomach removed!
NB: Pardon?
Me: I had my stomach removed.
NB: Oh like part of it, like a stomach staple
Me: No, I had the whole thing removed
NB: No you didn’t
Me: Yes I did
NB: (pause) No you didn’t!

It was not quite as blunt as that, but not too far off either.  This person clearly didn’t believe that I was telling the truth, or that a total gastrectomy was possible.  I think I convinced NB after about 5 minutes or so, but I still sensed this person was not entirely convinced.  I guess it does sound pretty ridiculous, to have your stomach taken out.  I haven’t told a lot of people about the surgery who are completely unfamiliar with me or my family’s situation, so I imagine this is a scene that may replay itself more in the coming months.  Luckily I’m pretty persuasive, and if all else fails, I have the battle scars to prove it!

2 Responses to Non-Believer

  1. redhayz says:

    after having a partial gastrectomy,6 weeks of radiation and chemo aswell as being away from work for 3 months, i was told how great i was looking after my weight loss and had i been on holidays.To which i replied no iv been sick,after more questions i had to show them my battle scars to get them to believe me and then i had to reassure them that i was going to be fine…really,calm down its going to be alright,dont worry bout me,it will be all good lol.

  2. Rose Evans says:

    When my boyfriend Duncan told one of his co-workers that I was having surgery to have my stomach removed, the person paused for a long deer-in-the-headlights moment and then said, “I don’t even know how to react to that.”

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