It is downright scary how worlds collide in the blogosphere. Just days ago, I “met” Mollie West when I bought her BlogHer’13 ticket. While messaging back and forth over the details, she mentioned that she looked at my blog and called me “amazing” – and then I knew she was cool! Anyway, Mollie writes several blogs including one called Tata to the Tatas. Clever name, right? There she blogs about being BRCA+ and her journey through all of her prophylactic surgeries. Ring a bell? Yes, the same surgery Angelina Jolie just wrote about in the New York Times. While I’ve read a lot of criticism over the last 24 hours about Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts, I applaud her being transparent and using her celebrity to bring awareness to the disease. But, I also think it’s important for people to know that there are everyday women facing this same decision and that it’s not an easy one to make nor is the surgery a piece of cake. Help me welcome Mollie as she shares a powerful piece called “My Perspective” on being BRCA positive.
I can’t remember the exact day, but I can pinpoint the day that cancer started affecting my life. I was in a graveyard with my mom sitting by her mother’s gravestone, asking her to tell me about her mom. From what I can remember my mom mostly discussed cancer and her mother’s untimely death. My mom only had a mother until she was 16 and she felt that the most important thing to tell me was about my grandmother’s stoic fight against this disease.
Read more from Mollie West at Tata to the Tatas. Her blog is powerful, transparent, and informative. As mentioned above, she also writes at Full Plate Momma and Newly Organic. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.