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My mutation means that my BRCA gene doesn't function properly, leaving me extremely vulnerable to breast cancer, among other things.If I'm not proactive about my health, my lifetime breast cancer risk has been estimated to be around 87 percent.
For one thing, an implant that’s not cushioned by existing breast tissue will never be the same temperature as the rest of me: It will always be a little bit colder, and it will feel like an implant.Even in my worst moments of panic about the pain and the time off from work and the surgical risks, I know I’ve made the right choice.There’s really only one thing that gives me pause, and it’s how to tell a guy not to get too attached to my boobs since they’ll soon be unattached from me.Tattooed or reconstructed nipples will never look or react the same way as mine do now.And being incredibly fair-skinned means that I scar easily, so even with a top-notch plastic surgeon, I will probably always have visible physical reminders of my surgery every time I take my shirt off.A mastectomy now does not mean that I’m being pessimistic or a hypochondriac; it means avoiding a mastectomy with the additional risks of chemotherapy or radiation later on in life.
So this December, just before my 28th birthday, I’ll be saying ta-ta to my tatas.
Colleen Hamilton-Lecky ’18 For centuries, art has been used as a tool for resistance.
And yet, less attention has been paid to the spaces that hold those works.
I’ve had this conversation with all of my friends, and they assure me it’s not as big of a deal as I’ve built it up to be in my head, but to me, it feels monumental.
I think it would be different if I hadn’t always had big boobs.
All of which is not to say that I don’t acknowledge that there may be some upsides.