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Double Mastectomy

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 02.21.2014 | 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 07.10.2013 | 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.

The Op-Ed Heard Around the World and the Genetic Test the 99 Percent Can't Afford

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 07.15.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

Unlike Ms. Jolie, I didn't look like someone in a science fiction movie. I woke up with my mind forever pacified by the weight in my chest from the implants.

Breast Cancer Risk: Jolie Way Is Not the Only Way

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

Celebrities often set trends: they show us what to wear, create hairstyles, and inspire tattoos. But when it comes to your health it is important to know the facts before joining a trend.

Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Revelation Will Save Women's Lives

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 07.15.2013 | Celebrity
Bonnie Fuller

Angelina Jolie, you could have decided to be totally private about undergoing a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgeries. But that is not the woman you are.

Lisa Belkin

Today, I Feel Like Angelina Jolie

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents

Allison Gilbert is feeling a lot like Angelina Jolie today. Reading the film star’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times this morning, about the de...

CNN Host: I Have Cancer

AP | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media

ATLANTA (AP) — CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin says she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy. Sambolin, who anchors CNN's...