I know that’s kind of a shocking statement right? I mean really, what on earth could you gain by having your breasts surgically removed? Well, in my case quite a bit, actually.
As horrible as that sounds, that really led me right to the place I am today; strong, unshakable, survivor. I am the daughter of two breast cancer survivors; my mother and father were both diagnosed so I have very strong family history. In 2003 I was diagnosed with a breast disease called Atypical Hyperplasia, thought of in some circles as a pre-cancerous condition.
I had four biopsies in four years, and during each one, a substantial amount of breast tissue was taken. When I laid down, I could feel right to my rib cage in some places, that’s how much tissue was missing. At one point I remember breaking down, crying about how this was not the way I wanted to live my life. So I decided to do something about it. My doctor and I began looking at ways to play offense; keeping me cancer free as opposed to waiting for it to show up, which could have been the case based on family history and my own disease.
In case it’s still not clear, the bottom line is I removed both breasts before a cancer diagnosis. It’s not as though they were removing healthy breasts; it was pretty evident that, though not cancer, something was amiss. I did have genetic testing but it came back inconclusive. But we have to remember that while there are two known genes associated with increased risk for breast cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) there could be more, yet undiscovered.
Needless to say, my surgery was just one more in a series of soul-shaking events in my life at that time. But now, six years later, I can say I’m better, faster, stronger for it.
So here it is, the list of the 5 things I gained by losing my breasts.
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