Breast Cancer survivor’s blog censored by UK Government through the use of the word nipple

Government website deletes breast cancer survivor’s blog because she uses the word ‘nipple’

By Anthony Bond
PUBLISHED: 12:38, 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:39, 18 May 2012

A woman’s blog which used the word ‘nipple’ when describing her reconstructive surgery after breast cancer has been restored to a U.S. Government website after it had been mysteriously removed.

Jennifer Dinoia, whose husband is in Iraq working for the Foreign Service, had blogged about her latest surgery to recreate a nipple on her left breast.

In order to prevent infection, she had to use a protective gauze on the surgical site, which a friend had called a ‘nipple cozy.’

But it emerged this week that her blog called ‘The Dinoia Family’ was removed from the State Department’s blogroll.

When this was discovered by Mrs Dinoia, who lives in Annandale, she received an email from a recruiting and marketing consultant for the agency.

According to The Washington Post, it read: ‘Hopefully, you can understand that some topics covered in your blog are very personal in nature, e.g. nipple cozies, and wouldn’t necessarily resonate with the majority of potential candidates who are interested in learning about the FS [Foreign Service] life overseas.’

Mrs Dinoia posted the email onto her blog which led to hundreds of hits by Wednesday evening – more than she has received since she started blogging in 2005.

By yesterday, the popular blog – which has recorded her journey through her breast cancer diagnosis at 39 – had reappeared.

A statement also appeared on the blogroll from Jeff Levine, the Director of Recruitment, Examination and Employment.

He apologised for any offence which was caused and said the department would try to be more sensitive with future decisions regarding blog placements.

State Department spokesman Mark C. Toner also said: ‘It had been taken down as part of a periodic effort by a contractor to review and freshen the blog links on the site.’

But this response left Mrs Dinoia even more frustrated, particularly as it was at odds with the email she had received earlier in the week.

The mother-of-three said: ‘If the explanation really was that simple, why didn’t they say that at first?’

The blog was first published on the site on April 26, with the headline ‘I have a new kind of cozy.’

It was after receiving an email from an employee at the State Department, who had noticed that her blog was gone, that she began to investigate this week.

Mrs Dinoia began the blog when she was in Iceland with her family and has maintained it during her husband’s postings in California and Venezuela.

She often writes about foreign service life for families and in recent years had described in detail her struggle with breast cancer.

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