In the news this morning I learned that Angelina Jolie and I seem to have a lot in common. Her story is very similar to my own and to all of the women I have met along the way in my time writing this blog. Chosing to have a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, to remove a part of your body because it will one day quite probably declare war on the rest of your body.
The difference is her celebrity makes news. I am glad that she wrote the article in the NY times. It brings to light the struggle that so many woman have. Having genetic testing and advanced medical abilities which have allowed so many of us to make a preventative decision to take control of our own medical destiny. Maybe her sharing the story that so many of us have lived will cause a few more women to have a mammogram. Maybe a few will open up to their doctors about their family history. Maybe one day we can finally put breast cancer in the past.
Until then, Bravo to all who share their stories!