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I am a mutant. Like Angelina Jolie I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Last year, I had a preventive bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction and hysterectomy -- all while helping care for my mother who was dying of cancer. As a performing artist and believer in the healing power of laughter, music and sharing, I wrote a one-woman musical comedy "The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes". UPDATE: The Mutant Diaries is coming to DVD. By pre-ordering your copy on the Kickstarter campaign, you can help ensure that this important resource can reach so many more women in need!

Entries by Eva Moon

Turning 60: A Letter To My 50-Year-Old Self

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 6:33 AM

I turned 60 today and there are some things I wish I could have told my 50-year-old self. She was so worried.

Dear me,

Hey there, 50! It's me, 60. Still alive, as you can see.

You spent the whole year leading up to your 50th birthday in a...

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A Day in the Life of 2 Insane Kittens (VIDEO)

(26) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:45 AM

Kittens: The Bedrock of the Internet.

Sprocket and Gizmo are two sister kittens who have turned their owners' home -- and hearts -- upside down. They never slow down. Never.

Well... hardly ever.

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No Smiling in New York

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Smiling helps us cope, enhances our health and extends our lives. We're born to smile. We even smile in the womb.

So why then do fashion models all look so miserable? Theories abound: Genuine misery due to starvation, art directors who don't want to draw attention away from the goods,...

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Ask the Mutant: Faceboob -- An Open Letter to Facebook From My Breasts

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:35 PM

Scars... I have a few. Sixty inches of them to be exact. I measured. If I could lay them end to end, they'd reach from the floor to my ear. But that's OK. I've made peace with them over the past three years.

I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation --...

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Fifty Shames of Grey

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Hold still. Or do I need to make you hold still?

I want to make a few points about the nature of sexual desire.

That thing, you know, that secret thing that revs your engine -- whether it's back rubs, bondage or Barbie dolls, it's not logical. Not...

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What You Should Never Call An Older Person

(90) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 6:16 AM

I mean it. Stop it right now.

I know you meant it as a compliment, but it's not. When people call me "young at heart" they mean something like active, adventurous, creative, involved. How remarkable for someone who is, well, (whispered) old!

Calling an old person "young at...

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Ask the Mutant: 9 Steps to Keeping Your Sense of Humor in a Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Excerpted from Eva Moon's workshop on "Using Humor to Cope" at the FORCE Conference on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Philadelphia, June 2014.

If it weren't for the brief respite we give the world with our foolishness, the world would see mass suicide in numbers that compare favorably with...
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Warm Cookies: The World's Most Powerful Substance

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 1:56 PM

I play in a band.

What does this have to do with warm cookies, you ask? Patience, grasshopper. We'll get there.

It was just three days before an important gig when my amp started acting up -- crackling and buzzing instead of nice clean music. I called my local repair...

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Eating Your Veggies Was Never THIS Good (Seriously)

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 4:05 PM

I recently became the owner of a Paderno Vegetable Spiral Slicer -- or "spiralizer" for short. I've been wanting to eat healthier -- more veggies, fewer processed carbs -- but I didn't seem to be cut out for a life without pasta. Until now. The spiralizer turns any cylindrical veg...

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Ask the Mutant: A Difficult Gift to a Child

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:15 PM

I am waiting for bad news. Or good news.

It's not something I'm very good at - waiting. I can't just put things I'm worried about out of my mind and get on with the day.

What I'm waiting for is a test result. In a week or so, my...

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Things You Will NEVER Hear at a Band Sound Check

(61) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:04 PM

If you've played in a working band, you've been through the routine a thousand times. Pull in at a club, haul your gear in, set up and hope you have time to check the sound before downbeat. Below is a list of things no participant at a sound check said....

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A Moment of Dignity from the TSA

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 4:19 PM

I know, I know. TSA? Really? The abominable agents of airport angst? The humorless automatons whom we meekly obey, no matter how capricious the rules, since they have the power to thwart our best laid plans? That TSA? Yes, them.

I traveled from Seattle to Los Angeles yesterday. It's been...

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Waxing Brazilian... and Beyond: A New Guide to Going Bare Down There

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Not long ago I went to get a Brazilian wax. (For the uninitiated, imagine a bikini wax, but with no bikini.) There were a few truly eye-watering moments, but overall, I like the results (if not the process).

But as I was lying there on the waxing table, legs...

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Ask the Mutant: If I Could Turn Back Time

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:31 PM

If I could turn back time and alter the roll of the genetic dice that gave me the BRCA1 mutation -- never experience agonies of fear waiting for biopsy results, not face the wrenching decision to give up my breasts and ovaries, endure 22 hours of surgeries, months of recovery...

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Call Me Juror No. 3

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:50 AM

The bold lettering on the envelope was unmistakeable. I had been summoned. For jury duty. The call has come a number of times over the years, but this was, for a variety of reasons, the first time I ever had to actually report. I was alternately worried and intrigued. It's...

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50 Shades of GPS

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 8:55 AM

His voice was deep, firm, insistent.

"Dé vuelta a la izquierda."

I turned left. I could only obey and trust him to guide me to the end... and hope my sick obsession was never discovered.

It started innocently enough with the gift of a GPS -- something I didn't even...

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13 Signs You're in a Dive Bar

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:05 PM

We may only be halfway through September, but already October beckons, along with thoughts of the beery excesses of Oktoberfest. With that in mind, I took myself to a local tavern -- in the interest of research, mind you! I definitely needed a refresher course. It's been years since my...

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Follow These Simple Steps to Turn Your $10 DIY Home Repair Into a $360 Emergency Plumbing Bill

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:29 PM

Our upstairs hall toilet sprung a leak recently, emitting a steady hiss punctuated by frequent whooshes of the pump refilling the tank -- a bit like having Darth Vader lurking in the hall. We don't use it much, so I just turned off the water to the toilet and silenced...

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The Menopause Bill Of Rights -- And Make It Snappy

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:33 AM

It seems like every interest group wants its own Bill of RIghts these days -- Airline passengers, Cruise Passengers, Online Privacy Advocates. A Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights was just proposed last week.

All worthy causes, I'm sure. But there's another group just as deserving of a bill of rights...

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Ask the Mutant: Whose Breasts Are These, Anyway?

(102) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 7:04 AM

I consider myself a fairly liberated, independent woman. I grew up with the pill and bra burnings. I am not defined by my appearance, completed by my relationship with a man or limited in my aspirations by my gender. I don't consider myself a victim. And heaven help anyone who...

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