Today is National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day in Canada. There are events taking place across the country to educate and support women who are considering their breast reconstruction options, or for women who have had breast reconstruction.
Two years ago, I had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction as a preventative measure. I have a BRCA 1 gene mutation (aka “the breast cancer gene”), which gives me an insanely high risk of developing breast cancer (we’re talking 85% chances – yowser). I decided to have prophylactic surgery so I wouldn’t get cancer, and I honestly think it was one of the best decisions of my life.
Tonight, I’ll be participating in an event at Toronto General Hospital, where I’ll be “showing and telling” all about my mastectomy and breast reconstruction experience. If you know anyone who has breast cancer, or who is considering breast reconstruction, please share this website with them – it has all the details of all the events across Canada.
And, if you’d like to know more about my experience, I blogged the whole thing over at Diary of a Mutant.