Sara Altschule is previving and thriving. She found out she is BRCA 2 positive early this year — She is documenting her experiences along the way to finally undergoing a prophylactic bilateral double mastectomy. She believes it's important to share her story, as difficult as it is at times. She hopes that by sharing her journey with others, it will lead to an awareness of early detection and help others navigate these scary waters. If you or anyone you know is going through something similar, please feel free to reach out to her at saraaltschule@gmail.com

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…
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11 Ways To Be A Better Friend Today

I think we probably all consider ourselves good friends, and most of us would probably be right. Maybe you've been gifted a BFF friendship bracelet, or been told you're the best friend anyone could ask for. But there's always room for improvement.…
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Things To Prepare Yourself For After A Breakup

The tricky thing about a breakup is you can never 100 percent prepare yourself for one. Often times, you don't even it's coming, let alone know how to deal with the aftermath. A heartbreak is hard enough, so knowing how to prepare yourself for after…
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Signs You Have A Wall Up In Your Relationship

Life can be pretty rough at any age, and by the time most people have hit their twenties, they've experienced some pretty harsh realities. So it makes sense to have some walls up in a relationship at one time or another. Everyone has baggage, and…
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Signs Your Relationship Is Off To A Bad Start

You start dating someone for a couple months, you make it official — things are looking up. Or are they? Not every relationship is always going to be a smash hit. Some relationships will quickly get off to a bad start, and you won't even quite know…
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Relationship Tests You & Your Partner Should Pass

Sure, in the movies and on TV, relationships can look perfect. However, as we all know, they can be far, far from that in reality. No matter what, the honeymoon stage will have to end at some point and the true relationship tests start to rear their…
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Questions To Ask Yourself When In A Relationship

It’s easy to get wrapped up in a romantic relationship. You’re often so into your partner that you sometimes forget to be into yourself. But it’s always helpful to take a step back and analyze your partnership, and there are some important questions…
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Signs You're Having A Quarter Life Crisis

There comes a time in every twenty-something's life when the world feels like one big mess that is too much to clean up. Say goodbye to the mid-life crisis where your dad buys a red convertible, and say hello to the quarter life crisis. On a surface…
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Signs You're Ready To Be Friends With Your Ex

After a horrible breakup the last thing you can think about is being friends with your ex. Your head might be going a million miles a second thinking of all the things you and your former partner could have done differently. Maybe you’re filled with…
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Emotions That Might Mean It's Time For A Breakup

It's only natural that when you're in a relationship, there are going to be many different emotions. These can range from feeling intense joy and happiness to feeling sad, confused, and unsure. There are many ups and downs, but how do you know when…
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Times It's OK To Give Your Partner A Second Chance

The saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” has always stood true in my mind, especially when it comes to relationships. When you’re dealing with love, it’s easy to let things slide and quickly forgive and forget. But how do…
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How To Stop An Argument From Getting Worse

Arguing in a relationship is inevitable, but how do you stop a fight from getting worse when you're already down that argument road? Listen — fighting is going to occur in relationships. It’s the unpleasant truth about being in a partnership, and…
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Signs You're Ready To Be In A Relationship

Being single is fairly easy in the sense that you only have to worry about yourself. Being in a relationship with another person, however, isn’t always a piece of cake, but it can be so worth it if both partners put in work. But how do you know when…
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7 Things That Can Impact Your Relationship

There are a lot of things that come into play during a relationship. When you argue with your partner, it’s usually because the two of you have completely different backgrounds and ways of living. Combining two lives into one isn’t necessarily a…
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