On Monday, Angelina Jolie quietly published an op-ed in the New York Times in which she admitted to undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. Jolie, whose mother died from breast cancer, carries the "faulty" BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Our own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She had radiation and chemotherapy and has now been cancer-free for more than five years, but last year she tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation, and she is petrified that she has passed it on to us (we're 26 and 30 years old). She desperately [...]
"It’s an important finding for high-risk women to discuss with their doctors, but it’s way too early to recommend that everyone go take aspirin to prevent melanoma.” —A potentially interesting correlation between aspirin and melanoma. (From Cancer, via the Times.)
First, I’m OK. I do not have cancer. For now. At least not where they did the ultrasound, CT scan and biopsy.
I’m writing this because I don’t want to forget the promises I made to myself when looking squarely at death.
As my friend, Dar, said, “It’s important to come face to face with mortality once in a while.” I thought, really? Seriously? No, thank you. Though, we all do. It seems to cluster for me. A friend gets sick, a parent dies, there’s a medical scare or a medical unbearable truth.
This spring, I had two close friends lose a parent the same month my [...]