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Double Mastectomy

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.

4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts

Debra Jenkins | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Debra Jenkins

Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.

Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions: Personal Choice Is Key

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Barring certain medical factors, however, the patient's preference drives the course of treatment in many cases. It is a personal choice that has significant implications for the patient, as it may affect her appearance, how she feels about her body, and how she thinks of herself as a woman.

Shopping For New Breasts After My Double Mastectomy

Wendy Staley Colbert | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Wendy Staley Colbert

As I thought about my ideal size in the dressing room, I tried to separate my own preference from the expectations of society, media, and men. Wasn't the purpose of reconstruction to replicate what you had lost?

The Devil You Know: Why I Chose to Remove Both Breasts

TueNight | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

My decision was based on fear. I was scared to get cancer, so I just figured out how not to get it and took the necessary steps to make that happen. And lo and behold, I seem to have outsmarted the little fucker.

These People Could've Let Cancer Get The Best Of Them. Instead, They Showed Cancer Their Best

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News

Cancer can be one of the most devastating diagnoses, and it takes a special kind of courage to channel grief into something meaningful. And that's...

How A Health Crisis Made Me Stop Bad-Mouthing My Body

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Mary Darling Montero, LCSW

I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.

Safety During Cancer Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The truth of the matter is that cancer doesn't just happen to you. It happens to your family, your friends and your community as well. So many people are looking for opportunities to help you, but often do not know how. Here is a perfect opportunity.

This Woman Was About To Go In For Surgery. What She Did Moments Before Was Awesome.

The Huffington Post | Lori Leibovich | Posted 11.08.2013 | Women

Facing a double mastectomy with grace takes courage. Facing one with courage and joy is extraordinary. But that’s exactly what Deborah Cohan did...

'My Breasts Are More Than A Pink Ribbon': Double Mastectomy Patient Proudly Speaks Out

2013-11-05-EnspireLOGO.jpg | ENSPIRE MAGAZINE | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact

Editor's Note: This story contains images and content of a sensitive nature. A version of this story originally appeared on Enspire Magazine. ...

A Tale of Three (and a Half) Foobs: Two Cancer Survivors Tell Their Mastectomy Stories

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

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.

Post-Mastectomy Options

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The decision to have a mastectomy is not one to be taken lightly, and I do not know a woman out there who did not agonize over it, including myself. For me, it was the right decision, but that does not mean I came to it easily.

Double Mastectomies May Not Increase Life Expectancy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews When Angelina Jolie wrote about her decision to get a mastectomy after learning that she was genetically predisposed to ha...

What I Discovered About My Husband When I Lost My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

After my surgeries it was almost unbearable for him to see my scars. Not because of how they make me look -- that doesn't matter. But because to him they were visible proof that he'd failed, as a man, to protect his woman from harm.

Salma Hayek: I Would Get A Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

It’s no secret that, apart from her talent, Salma Hayek has a curvaceous figure many in Hollywood envy. Still, the Mexican beauty confessed that she...

On Angelina and Unknown Genes

Linsey Maughan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

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.

Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.

Wheelchair Wisdom: A Note to Angelina Jolie

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Whenever you find that you are out of touch with your loving, simply move into the quiet center within. Let go of any expectation that something has to happen. When you are free of any pressure to perform that you have placed on yourself, you become still, love arises naturally.

Angelina Jolie, the Thoughtful Patient

Rick Boulay, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Boulay, M.D.

Ms. Jolie's reasoning behind going through this process is the integrity of her family. Her mother's loss to cancer was deeply felt and she wishes to avoid this trauma for her own children. Her reasons were her own, and yours will be your own. But at least there is a plan.

The Sisterhood of St. Angelina

Shelley Ross | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Ross

Disclosure of something as personal as having had both breasts removed is quite a daunting decision for many reasons, least of which is fear of being seen as "less of a woman," as even a world-class sex siren felt obligated to note.

5 Things Angelina Jolie Teaches Us About Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

As more details have been revealed, I have reflected on what one of the world's most beautiful and most recognizable women has taught us recently about cancer.

Can Angelina Jolie's Brave Editorial Take Us to Equal Access in Health Care?

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

After my sister died from breast cancer three years ago, I asked, during my mammogram, whether I should get tested for the breast cancer gene. I was warned that doing so, particularly if I tested positive for the gene, could mark me as an individual with a so-called pre-existing condition.

A Goodwill Ambassador's New Mission

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Angelina Jolie, who has visited many war-torn areas in the world as a goodwill ambassador to bring peace, is now visiting our homes to invite us to learn about and discuss cancer and preventive care and is trying to raise awareness of this serious disease.

The Sexiest Woman in the World Had a Bilateral Mastectomy? Really?

Jennifer Merschdorf | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Merschdorf

I hope all of us use this news as an opportunity to encourage people to learn and ask questions about their own family cancer history and raise awareness that young women can and do get breast cancer.

If Reconstructed Breasts Are Good Enough for Brad, They Should Be Good Enough for You

Lauren Cahn | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

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.