Monday, March 8, 2010

Doubling Down

One of my favorite things about meeting breast cancer survivors is how we are able to accept each others' choices. A fellow survivor has a special understanding of how complicated selecting a surgery or course of treatment is.

A gentleman friend of mine, who had a different cancer, mentioned to me that he was sometimes surprised at how open many breast cancer women are about their treatments. I thought this may very well stem from the fact that when we are choosing, we need all the help we can get.

In the past few weeks I have had several conversations about how many young women I meet who are having bilateral mastectomies. It's a different trend. In the 1980's, lumpectomies became more common after Nancy Regan's surgery.

I thought the article on the New York Times' website took an interesting look at the quandary women face.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/after-cancer-women-remove-healthy-breast/
What do you think? Let us know in our comments section.

Suzanne

2 comments:

  1. "Been there, done that."
    Already have several t-shirts.

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