Most women have a love/hate relationship with their breasts. And then there's the cruelest joke of all. "The girls," those beautiful bumps we could hardly wait to grow, try to kill us. We hear the four words that change us forever: you have breast cancer.
The fact that she made the announcement at all is significant. She could have kept her health issues private, just as she had done for the past several months. If and when the media learned of her surgery, she could have refused to comment.
The news that 24-year-old Allyn Rose, Miss District of Columbia in this year's Miss America competition, is planning to have both of her breasts removed in the near future is the latest case of what we might call "extreme breast cancer prevention."
If you have relatives who've suffered from breast or ovarian cancer (even pancreatic or prostate cancers), then ask about genetic testing and don't allow the fear of the unknown to jeopardize your health. I'm here to cheer you on. We are all here to cheer you on.