The Devil You Know: Why I Chose to Remove Both Breasts

July 1, 2014 4:17 PM

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The Devil You Know: Why I Chose to Remove Both Breasts

I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery in December of 2009. I'm not a survivor, I did not have cancer. I am genetically inclined to get it, so I guess if anything, I am a pre-survivor -- this was a proactive surgery. I never looked at my decision as brave. I just played the shitty card in the hand that I was dealt.

A few years before my surgery, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her mother passed away at age 44 of ovarian cancer. It was pretty obvious I was a vulnerable branch on the cancer family tree. The first decision I had to make was whether I should have the genetic testing done. For me, ...

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