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On The BRCA Gene, Our Mother, And Our Insurance Plans: A Chat Between Sisters

@parallel-lines i completely disagree. this is the same argument that gets made about the people who write/talk about pregnancy via fertility treatments, and frankly i think it's misguided. the fact that money are required to make the journey does not make the journey any less hard, empowering, inspiring, etc. jolie is simply writing about her experience. many things can be taken form it - for instance that every woman has the power to take control of her own body and her own health. it may even make a person go ask the doctor about that thing they have been too scared to ask about. would it really be better if she hadn't written it at all?

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm 1

On The BRCA Gene, Our Mother, And Our Insurance Plans: A Chat Between Sisters

@leon it all has to do with percentages. if you have the gene you are multiple times more likely to get breast cancer, and something like 70-80% likely not to survive to the age of 70. that is not the situation for a regular person, hence why one might want to take steps.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm 0

On The BRCA Gene, Our Mother, And Our Insurance Plans: A Chat Between Sisters

wow. i recently inquired about the BRCA gene mutation with my doctor...I have some history of early onset breast cancer in my family, although no positive test from anyone (it was too long ago, so no one got tested). i've had a bit of a rough time with the whole situation, with deciding to get tested, etc., but as i live in Canada the cost of getting tested has literally not crossed my mind. it's all just covered - the full range of tests, the prophylactic surgeries, even reconstructive surgeries. i would only have to pay like, subway fare. i cannot imagine having to make all these decisions (that are hard in an of themselves), while also having to navigate things like "pre-existing conditions" and "deductible" and whatever else. sorry, i feel for you.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm 2

On The Insecurity Pie

@A. Louise Way to say something! I woke up early, discovered the situation, and just left.

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:16 am 0

On The Insecurity Pie

This takes me back...

I once bled on a dude's bed during a one-night-stand in university. skedaddled the fuck out of there in the morning D:

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm 1

On Jess Walter's 'Beautiful Ruins' Is Going To Be a [Great] Movie

aw, i don't know why but i wasn't over the moon about this book. my boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday so i really felt like i should finish it (and i did), but i never felt like the characters were all that realistic, and almost too stereotypical and predictable. sounds like im in the minority though...

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm 0

On Is He a Crazy Douchebag Wizard?

@TheBelleWitch exactly what i thought. sounds like the classic tale of the man, the wife, and the mistress

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm 2

On Ask a Clueless Lady

@MaxBraverman i second this. Also, clueless lady, thank you for providing the right answer.

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm 0

On Things Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said When Hitler First Asked Her Out (Plus One Thing Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said After She Started Dating Hitler)

I, for one, thought pretty much all of this was LOL-worthy.

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm 9

On So We're Not Going to Live Happily Ever After

On the bright side, he would probably have a very fulfilling relationship with Elizabeth Wurtzel...

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm 0