Recently I was contacted by a reporter asking whether I’d be willing to participate in a piece on what it’s like to have a mastectomy. Would I share my experience and story? Of course, I said yes! My goal is to put it all out there with the hope to help others in some way. There were a number of women who also provided feedback for the article that was published on Prevention.com. Check it out!
After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, Ann Marie Otis, now 44, had, as she says somewhat jarringly, her breasts “amputated.”
It’s not a term most of us would choose to describe a double mastectomy, but she’s not wrong. After all, an amputation is the surgical removal of an extremity; a mastectomy is the surgical removal of a breast. Thinking of the two procedures as one in the same could drastically change our perception of breast cancer treatment.