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Resistant to All Things Pink

Though I’ve never had breast cancer, I think it’s fair to say the disease has shaped my life. My mother [Paula Hyman] was diagnosed at age 32, when I was 5 years old; she battled the disease for 33 years before dying of her sixth recurrence last December. Four years ago, I learned that I carry the BRCA genetic mutation, and I chose to have two prophylactic surgeries — bilateral mastectomy and the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes — taking drastic action in order to reduce my risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

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