With breast cancer, a loss can be a gain

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By Kay Kerbyson

Even after the loss of her mother to ovarian cancer, and her aunt to breast cancer, Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to have a double mastectomy, because of a hereditary cancer gene, is still a brave one. And yet the decision that comes with it, regarding reconstructive surgery, is just as difficult for some. So why not turn a loss into a gain.
I’m one of those lucky gals, as some would say, who, when needing a new bra, heads over to the children’s department at the mall and chooses one with monkeys, or kittens, or bright pink dots for $5. I did venture into Victoria’s secret one day, on a whim, and marvel at all the voluptuous cups, lace and cavernous cleavages and it was mind-boggling. It was then that I thought, as someone at a high risk of breast cancer, that if I had to say goodbye, I would treat myself to a nice pair of double C’s.
Many of my friends have done the same after cancer, opted for a little push to nature’s own efforts. And some, I’m sure to the chagrin of their husbands, have decided to downsize. I can’t imagine that myself, but I’m told on very high authority that they can be a heck of a burden.

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