Dear Dr. Doft,
Perhaps, I should entitle this note, “Better late than never”. First, because it has been a year since you performed surgery for my gynecomastia and I promised to update you. Second, because I waited until I was 60 to overcome the fear and doubt associated with the condition and the medical procedure.
As you can imagine, there are so many things a man my age can identify as life changing events. Marriage, children, grandchildren, career, and retirement are all there. But, looking back over the past year, I must place this procedure among them.
While almost all who know me would label me the extremely self-confident sort, few knew how low my self-esteem was regarding my body image. Of course, I could rationalize the genetics, weight issues, and social-economics that leant to my condition. The problem was that even as I improved my health, exercise and lifestyle, the problem lingered. Perhaps just as much in my mind as my body.
You know the fortuitous event the led me to your office. Stepping through your office door was the most difficult part of the whole procedure. I could not imagine a more comforting hand leading my way. Your office and staff, the operating procedure, the recovery and follow up were simply amazing.
In the past year I have tossed so many “undershirts” out, purchased slim fit shirts, swam the Great Barrier Reef bare chested, and hung pool side in Positano. I can now do all this with confidence, comfort, and a smile.
I am sure that many of your male patients may be hesitant about this procedure so please feel free to share this note with them and wish them luck. As an inside joke for us “dudes” tell them that I now look forward to being picked by the “skins” for a pick up basketball game!