I Had A Double Mastectomy To Lower My Genetic Risk Of Cancer A Month Ago. Here’s How I’m Doing Now

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule shares what it was actually like to undergo a preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction, and what it was like to recover. From the moment I found out I was BRCA 2 positive, meaning my…
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I’m Having A Double Mastectomy To Lower My Genetic Risk Of Breast Cancer (& Yes, It’s Scary)

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule shares what's it's really like to prep for a preventative double mastectomy. Before being diagnosed with a BRCA gene mutation, I thought I knew what anxiety felt like. But it’s a whole new…
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Why I Chose To Have A Preventative Double Mastectomy After My BRCA Diagnosis

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule opens up about how she made the difficult decision to have a preventative double mastectomy, and shares the important research that goes along with it. There are some things in life you never…
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This Is How My Everyday Life Has Changed Since My BRCA Diagnosis

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule shares how her life has changed after her BRCA positive diagnosis as she prepares for a prophylactic double mastectomy. Getting back to "everyday" life after finding out I’m living with a high…
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This Is How I Told People About My BRCA Diagnosis — And How They Responded

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule opens up about how she found community and solidarity with others facing a BRCA gene mutation diagnosis. When I discovered I was BRCA positive — aka, my Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene has a…
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I Found Out I Was BRCA Positive. Then, Naturally, I Googled It

In Bustle's Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule opens up about all the emotions she experienced after finding out she was BRCA positive, and how she dealt with them. It was 2 a.m. on a Sunday night when I looked at my 23andMe results. It said…
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I Did A Random DNA Test To Learn About My Ancestry. Then I Found Out I Was BRCA Positive

In Bustle’s Braving BRCA column, writer Sara Altschule shares how she discovered she has a BRCA gene mutation — and how she's moving forward. I never thought about whether or not I'd be at risk for breast cancer. No women in my immediate family had…
By Sara Altschule