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Breast Cancer Survivor Humiliated and Sexually Molested at Richmond, VA Airport

Being married for 28 years is a milestone that few Americans will ever see. Marriage longevity is a rare thing, indeed. And while 28 years is not normally a milestone greeted with grandiose celebration, such overtures generally reserved for years divisible by 5, this one has a special connotation for me and my wife, Sharon. We were married at the age of 28, so this marks the point where we have been married exactly half of our lives. We are the same age, being born a mere 12 days apart.

So I decided that a celebration of some sort was in order, and decided a trip to Las Vegas would be just the ticket to commemorate the achievement.

Why Vegas? Well, I could say that with all the wedding chapels and the attitude in Vegas that marriage is about as lasting as the hangover from the previous night’s drunken binge that brought the couple together, what better place to dance a victory dance in support of marriage could one possible find?

Or I could say that this is an in your face to President Obama for his unkind remarks about the city that have caused so much job loss and convention rescheduling that the city needed my tourism dollars.

But the truth is, this 4 day celebration is simply about us. Me and Sharon. And the best half of my life.

And there were times I doubted that we would make it this far. Not because of marital problems, far from it. In 28 years, we have never had an argument. Not one. Nada. (And for those that know us, Sharon will confirm this.)

No, several years ago, back in 1992, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer. We had a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. And we were facing one of the most terrifying events I could possibly imagine. Sure, we had our cry, our own, private pity party. Who wouldn’t?

But then, something amazing and miraculous happened. Sharon decided that, with God’s help, she would beat this. In fact, that she had already beaten it and the medical procedures yet to come were merely formalities.

And beat it she did.

The first time.

Then she was diagnosed a few years later with breast cancer again. Not a recurrence of the first one. Oh, nothing so simple. This was a different type of cancer. A far more aggressive one that the doctor was sure had already spread. He gave us little hope. Sharon managed the same attitude and faith as the first round with this cancer. And the news after surgery astonished the doctor. It had not spread, and they were able to get it all.

And then came round three. And this was not a repeat of the first two. Another new occurrence. And one that the biopsy showed to be only pre-cancer, but the doctors recommended surgery immediately.

And it was worse than they had thought, but surgery was able to completely remove the cancer.

And she has been cancer free for the last 15 years.

But anyone familiar with breast cancer knows the scars it leaves are both physical and, mostly, mental.

As we embarked on the beginning leg of our anniversary celebration, Richmond’s Airport was our departure point. And this was our first flight since the Obama Administration began the use of the “body” scanners and “enhanced” groping. We were both apprehensive, but Sharon, even more than I. Understandably.

I went through the “naked” scanner first after removing my shoes, belt and everything in my pockets. Even tissues, they said.

I was instructed to place my feet on the yellow footprints and wait, as the TSA goon asked for a co-worker to pass him a pair of extra large gloves. That was a bit disconcerting.

But I was allowed to pass without further debasement.

And as I was putting my shoes, belt and belongings back together, I watched in helpless horror as my wife was publicly sexually assaulted in front of the body scanner. And she let them know before she was scanned that she was a breast cancer survivor.

You can’t imagine the emotions going through my head as I watched this TSA woman squeeze and probe by wife’s breasts in full view of everyone in the airport. And the rest of the male TSA workers looked on with what I can only describe as a perverse interest.

But what made my heart sink to my feet was the look of helplessness and despair on Sharon’s face. A look that I had not seen since the first devastating diagnosis back in 1992. The look said “help me” in the unspoken telepathic connection that comes with 28 years of living as one. I was in empathy overload, doing my best not to let the rising wave of rage overtake me and make me lash out violently, knowing full well the ramifications of such actions.

I just gritted my teeth, frustrated.

After seeing this, I have resolved not to fly again until this senseless foolishness comes to an end. This administration has absolutely no respect for citizens, their dignity or the ordeals they have been through. Obama refuses to admit that middle aged breast cancer survivors named Sharon are not the enemy. Yet in the interest of political correctness, they are victimized as surely as the terrorists themselves were the ones groping my wife, causing a look on her face that I had hoped to never again be forced to endure.

I have also resolved that I will still celebrate my 28th anniversary, and let neither the Terrorists nor the Obama Administration, who are now synonymous in my opinion, darken our well deserved time together.

And yes, I know we must go through this one more time to get back home. And I am not looking forward to that.

And I will make it a point to post some positive posts this week to prove that enemies, foreign and domestic, will not prevail.

But at this point, the Domestic terrorists all seem to wear TSA insignias.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

42 Responses to “Breast Cancer Survivor Humiliated and Sexually Molested at Richmond, VA Airport”

  1. Carol Sonnier says:

    I admire your control and reserve, Mr. White! My precious mother is a breast cancer/colon cancer survivor. She hasn’t flown since the new TSA rules, and swears she never will again. If this happened to her, I would now be in jail because I would not be able to stand by. Tell your precious wife she’s in my prayers. Happy Anniversary to you both!

  2. jen says:

    I wrote about horror stories. The invasive pat downs by the TSA are not improving safety. http://www.elitepro-travel.com/2010/11/flying-over-holiday-season-is-stressful.html

  3. John says:

    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
    — James Madison

    Somewhere in the caves of Pakistan a group of Al Queda leaders is laughing there A**es off at how easy it was to turn America into a police state.

    The terrorists have won; they have our government doing their dirty work for them.

  4. Kimberly Kines says:

    I hate those #$%#$#* at RIC. I am not a breast cancer survivor but EVERYTIME I go there the pervs feel mine up while letting my husband sail through. There’s gotta be a special place in hell reserved for this trash and their employers from the top down!!!

  5. Mary says:

    Oh my God, I am so sorry you both had to go through this. The first step in healing is doing what you just did, write about it. You know “Boycott Flying” has your horrible ordeal on his site, that’s how I came to read this. I truly hope you contact your congress person with this assault. Many of us are refusing to fly now because we don’t want ourselves and our precious loved ones to be abused. You are not alone in this…..

  6. SueWilson says:

    Don’t fly! I love to travel, but refuse to while this is going on. Everyone who doesn’t have to fly needs to STOP! This is the only way we can put pressure on the airlines to stop this! This woman should not have gone through the scanner. There is a lot of evidence that the radiation is very concentrated, and someone who has already had cancer is more at risk.

    • David Kramer says:

      They have won then!
      If I had an airport near me, I would attempt to tell people that because the 4th amendment is directly against this, they have an out.

      Not ONCE has these procedures protected us. NOT ONCE. This actually has NOTHING to do with protection, it has to do with subversion.

      Oh well, next week we should allow them to do cavity searches because that is a possible attack point!

      • Sam says:

        Sorry, If i’m not mistaken, If they suspect you are an terrorist, fourth amendment or any other laws won’t apply to you under patriot act. They can held you in jail indefinitely without trial, all they need is suspicion. So good luck calling the police – goto no fly list.

  7. MagicWand says:

    I so sorry the poor wonam and her family had to go through that! When are the American people going to stand up against this bullcrap! I blame the American people for continuing to allow their wifes, husband, children and grandchildren to fondled and frisk like a common criminal. What are the American people going let this freak of administration do next to their husband, wifes and children. And more will come from these freaks running the country so, just keep letting this happen…

  8. Wayne says:

    There is a reason I refer to them as the Terrorist Support Agency. They are supporting the terror inflicted on us, and amplifying it as much as they can. They all need to be executed for treason and any other crimes we can come up with for them. BAN DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Nate Whilk says:

    You can’t really blame the TSA workers. After all, zey are chust following orders.

  10. Carla says:

    I am so sorry your wife had to go through that. It’s absolutely horrible how invasive these pat downs are. They’re getting worse, too. They’re starting to go INTO the pants and actually touch the genitals gloved hand-to-skin. It’s disgusting, degrading, and useless. I am so sorry you had to watch in horror at what our own government is doing and not say anything. The TSA all needs to be shut down and prosecuted for crimes against our constitutional and natural rights.

  11. Random Blowhard says:

    TSA = Touching Sensitive Areas or the dept of junk fondling.
    Fascism – hows that working out for you?

  12. Char says:

    This make me so angry. Last flight I took I got scanned and groped leaving Alaska. I tired to make light of it but I told them it Wa a horrible thing and they should refuse to feel people up like this. I told them that at some point a legal action will hopefully mKe this nonsense go away. Oh y they told me the reason for the feel me up was the new person needed experience, I did not get a choice. Pisses me off greatly.

  13. L. Steven Beene II says:

    Regardless of political party affiliation:

    What burns me up is how our political elite and THEIR FAMILIES are, for all practical purposes, EXEMPT from this treatment.

    I guess “let them eat cake” has made a comeback.

  14. BJ says:

    I sympathize will you sir. I watched as they did a similar thing to my Sister at MCI.
    My hope is that the flying public will say “STOP” in the midst
    of the grope and say this is too much, I cannot take it, I will not fly! Then say: “Do what you will but I will not allow them to grope me any more”. Yes, it takes courage but so many things in life have changed because someone said NO!

  15. Stiven Zerard says:

    Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world today. In a survey, there are eight out of ten women and four out of ten men are suffering from breast cancer through their life span.We should be alert about the symptoms breast cancer.
    @http://www.fightwidcancer.com

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