updated 11/01/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/01/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
If Joanie loves Chachi, she'll tell him to clean up his act. Instead of spending his millions on cars, Scott Baio (PEOPLE, Oct. 11) should invest in a decent shirt and a pair of shoelaces. Tacky, tacky, tacky.
Your article celebrating New York debutante Cornelia Guest was in poor taste and the timing could not have been worse. With kids her age scrambling for tuition money or jobs, the best Cornelia can manage is a vague interest "in some of the diseases." Meanwhile, she goes out and blows a small fortune on a gown for yet another social bash.
As a high school senior, I really sympathize with poor Cornelia Guest. While I worry my little head over calculus and English, I see Cornelia has her hands full learning how to dress properly and to give a dinner party. In my life there are no "wonderful" balls or "wonderful" social committees. But shucks, I thought the junior prom was living. Of course, my parents aren't descended from real patrician stock. I'm worried that because my family has few connections, I won't be able to mail order a tall, dark, handsome man, to quote Corelia, "when I do get serious."
If Cornelia Guest's life had any less substance, she wouldn't cast a shadow.
Mary E. Parnell
As a founder and adviser to the National Cesarean Prevention Movement, I was very interested in your interview with Dr. Mortimer Rosen. During the past 10 years, I have given classes and counseled more than 175 women who chose to have vaginal deliveries despite having undergone previous cesarean births. This includes mothers with a history of more than one cesarean, as well as some who were carrying babies far larger than the ones for which they had been sectioned. Nine out of 10 cases ended in successful vaginal births without surgical intervention. Women should remember that their bodies were designed to have babies. These days too many schedule a cesarean as if they were going for a hair appointment.
Nancy Wainer Cohen
I gave birth to my first child in 1969 by cesarean section. After a subsequent miscarriage and an unsuccessful tubal pregnancy, I became an expectant mother again last year. A vaginal delivery meant a great deal to me and I was determined to have a trial by labor. Fortunately I chose physicians who were agreeable to my decision and quite supportive. A positive attitude and nine months of exercise were very important in helping me realize my goal. I walked five to seven miles a day, rode a bicycle and attended Jazzercise classes. On June 11, 1982 I delivered a seven-pound, eight-ounce boy vaginally in five hours. I am convinced that if women are more vocal and take an active interest in their health, physicians will become more responsive to their needs.
Ellen C. Bertke, R.N.
Rocky River, Ohio
Like Mrs. Kenny Rogers, I never thought I would have to undergo a cesarean, especially for my first child. When the time came last July, I was not progessing very well and my cervix would not dilate. I was in labor for 15½ hours before my doctor decided to take the baby from me. My husband was at my side throughout the operation, but later I went through a period when I felt I was a total failure as a woman because I was not able to give birth naturally. With the support of my doctor, I have since come to believe that it really doesn't matter how your baby is delivered. What's important is the realization after seeing your newborn baby that the love between two human beings can create a miracle. Now, whenever I look at my little girl I thank God for the advancement of medical technology.
Cherry Boone O'Neill
If my parents, my husband and I have tried to learn anything from my ordeal with anorexia nervosa, it is patience, understanding and compassion. I am, however, finding it difficult to understand the manner in which our past and present relationship with my parents was represented. I do not hold my father responsible for my illness. He did the best he could with the limited knowledge he had at the time. Pat and Shirley Boone may not be perfect, but they are caring people of integrity.
Cherry Boone O'Neill
I can identify with Cherry Boone because I, too, have anorexia nervosa. People kept saying I was chubby and I started getting self-conscious. Then last February 141 told my boyfriend I was going to quit eating and he didn't believe me. By April 25 I had to enter the hospital. I am 17, and 5'2". At times my weight has dropped as low as 86 pounds. Some of my friends have said they wish they could get anorexia for just one week, but they don't understand it involves a lot of emotional trauma. After all the media exposure, they still think it's just a quick and easy way to lose weight. Believe me, there is nothing glamorous about anorexia or bulimia. It is not fun to feel guilty about eating one apple after starving yourself all day long. I wouldn't wish this disease on anyone.
Japanese fashion star Yohji Yamamoto is correct in his assessment of his own work. His designs are definitely "for the woman who stands alone." Who would want to be seen with her? Yamamoto's clothes would be most appropriate for someone perched on a broom.
Mary L. Long