I want to share an article that I’ve been quoted in: Giving up their breasts to save their lives. It’s a good article that, unlike some articles I’ve read recently, is extremely fair to women who opt for drastic surgeries.
This isn’t the first article that I’ve been quoted for, but I sometimes feel torn about sharing my story. I wonder if people I knew in elementary school will read this, and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with them knowing that I’m BRCA positive. On the other hand, it is a part of who I am and I like talking to the media so I can spread knowledge and advocate for the decisions people like us have to make.
The other day I was getting a ride home from someone in my singing group (yes, I’m in an adult acapella group because I’m that awesome) and we were talking about a related topic so I just out and told him I was BRCA positive. After I said it, I felt a little weird, like ‘why the heck did I just reveal that to this person I don’t know very well?’ But it also made me realize how comfortable I am with sharing the information, and I don’t really see any reason to keep it a secret. He also knew what I was talking about, which was good because it means that knowledge about the breast cancer genes is becoming more widespread.
Anyway… enjoy the article!