Should everyone be able to be tested for the BRACA gene? Should it be covered by health insurance. You bet. It is a rare gene, but if there is cancer in your family, please get it done.
When I heard about Angelina Jolie and her bi- lateral mastectomy, I was as stunned as everyone else. I did think, being a sex symbol, mom and just a woman, it was a brave decision- but really, she had no choice.
Finding out she had the BRACA gene inherited from her mom, 85 % chance she would get breast cancer.
I was even more surprised when I was watching TV and saw the Doctor, Dr. Christy Funk, of the Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Center talking in a news conference. That was MY doctor! 43 years old, beautiful and brilliant- I knew Angelina was in good-hands and would come out looking great. I remember Dr. funks’ first concern was getting my cancer and also concerned that my breast would look pretty after reconstruction. I liked that.
My message is: I went to five, count ’em five, breast surgeons until I found her. Same with the reconstruction surgeon, Dr, Jay Orringer in Beverly Hills. He said, ” I want to be your caregiver…” that word, caregiver, a wonderful word. I was hooked. But I did my homework on my Doctors which is one of the reasons i got a good result. One breast reconstructed, the other, my real breast, doubled in size! yea! He ask me if I wanted to go bigger. I said, “when I fly, I want TO BE the flotation device!”
I chose not to remove the healthy breast. My decision and I think it was the right one. Angelina did not have a choice. But I will bet you she had a good reconstruction surgeon and we will be seeing cleavage soon. I just found out I had the same doctor as Angelina!!
Can’t say I don’t do my research!