Yes, a double mastectomy and life-changing concerns about cancer have become a part of both Angelina Jolie's and my realities. Unlike Jolie, I was diagnosed with cancer, and a mastectomy of my left breast had been imperative, a non-negotiable.
Cancer and death are scary things. For parents who have lived through it, cancer is our boogeyman lurking in the shadows of our thoughts. I hope that I will summon your courage, for myself and my daughter.