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May 14

Me and Angelina Jolie

Woke up at 6 am and heard on the news that Angelina Jolie had a preventative double-mastectomy. Did what I did every morning: put on my screen and read through my feeds. It was on the FB page of CBC Daybreak with the question: What do you think of her choice?

And then everything happened very fast: I was the first to post a comment that I supported her and wished I had had that option, and instead had to wait until I ACTUALLY had cancer. An hour later, I was talking about it live on the radio, using a land-line from the Hope and Cope office at the JGH. Yes, that’s how I roll.

Already, people are criticizing her: some for choosing a drastic surgery. Some for being public about it. Some for the privilege of being able to afford the best possible care .

Here is my take: I didn’t have the option because I was BRAC1 negative and thus not considered genetically pre-disposed. Except for the fact that my Mother and SEVERAL of my female relatives all had BRAC1 negative breast cancer. So we have *SOME* genetic component, just not the right one. And why should women be quiet about it? WHY???? There is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. My breast tried to kill me. So I took them off. If my leg was trying to kill me, I would take my leg off. Why are we supposed to be quiet about mastectomies?

As for being able to afford it: I live in Canada, where treatment is free. Except that this particular treatment, choosing to remove your breast BEFORE you develop cancer, is next to impossible to get, because they need to treat cancer patients first. I promise you, if it had come to it, I would have found a way to go private or go the USA and have my breast removed. Even it meant selling our house and moving. Angelina didn’t have to worry about it. Should I resent her for it? Nope, not for one second. Good for her for getting the absolute best care. I’m sure her new breast are SPECTACULAR!

If you read this far – Mazel Tov! Don’t forget, the auction starts at 9 am tomorrow! If you are new to this blog, Welcome! Help me kick cancer’s ass by raising funds for the JGH, the hospital that performed my life-saving double-mastectomy. Click on the link and bid on the fabulous items, 100% of money goes to JGH and you get a tax receipt!