GoodLuck’s Jules Harding starts important conversation about breast reduction surgery
The singer called out medical aids for their stance on the procedure
Singer/songwriter Juliet Harding of local electro group GoodLuck has started an important conversation after sharing the story of her breast reduction surgery.
Juliet chose to undergo surgery in January after struggling with back pain for years. At the time she shared a candid post from her hospital bed, writing:
“It was a big decision for me because on the one hand a lot of people admired my big boobs and would tell me how lucky I was to have them, but then on the other hand I was living in so much pain, every day.
“After many trips to the chiro and a few back specialists, we figured out that the best way to help my situation would be this surgery,” she wrote.
However, the next challenge was funding the pricey procedure, something her medical aid declined to pay for, even though it was a medically motivated surgery as opposed to a cosmetic procedure.
“I sent off all my letters, motivations and drawings to [my] medical aid hoping that they would cover it as a legitimate solution to preventing further back surgery later in life, but they declined. I was told ‘this is an exclusionary procedure which we do not cover. You signed the contract and therefore you agreed to it,’” Juliet wrote in her post.
“Okay CLEARLY these rules have been written by men because if they had half an idea of what it’s like and [how] debilitating the pain can be then I don’t think this would be the case.”
Fortunately, Juliet was able to proceed with the surgery, as she had the money saved, but she took her experience to social media for the many women who are not in as fortunate a position.
“I would like to challenge both Momentum (my current medical aid) and Discovery South Africa to both relook at this policy exclusion…. Besides, you don’t think back surgery will be more expensive?! Okay so this is me literally burning my bra on behalf of women in South Africa and saying whichever medical-aid company reconsiders this will have my backing and my business!” she wrote.
The original post quickly gained attention online, with many women sharing similar experiences, and the singer later posted an update in the comments section, saying:
“Update: I had no idea how far and wide this would spread and how big of an issue this is for a lot of women. The good news is that I have just had a request to open a dialogue with Momentum this afternoon. I am glad they have reached out and I do hope some positive change can come about because of this. Let’s see what happens – holding thumbs for some good news!”
As promised Jules posted an update this month, sharing another picture of herself post-surgery, and letting followers know she is expecting to hear back from Momentum soon after meeting with one of its heads, Damian McHugh.
“I was super proud to have had a very positive outcome from the meeting with Momentum as they promised to have their policies reviewed in their annual cycle in September. Well here we are, in September! I am going to be reaching out to [Momentum] and look forward to hopefully reporting some positive results for women in SA!”
We can’t wait to hear what the outcome is and whether or not the policy will be updated to account for the many women who require this surgery as a necessary procedure for a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Shout out to Jules for using her platform to start this important conversation!
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