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June 10, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Mastectomies

Some are not so fortunate

I mean, really, what does guest columnist Tana Senn want for her decision to have her reproductive organs removed — a medal?

Many women have undergone this same operation, unrelated to the BRCA1 gene mutation, without choice as an option and without feeling ready [“Me, my dad and Angelina Jolie,” Opinion, May 30].

Senn tells us: “I knew I was done with having children, so I addressed the risk of ovarian cancer first.” Clearly, she did not stop to consider those forced to make the same decision in different circumstances; many of us do not have a husband or partner, and/or do not have children, and/or did not feel our families were complete.

If printing her column was intended to be helpful, I did not find it so. If the intention was to commend her bravery, in my opinion, it was misplaced.

Although many of us also prefer not to make our private loss public, it seems I must agree with Senn in this case. Sometimes, it feels necessary.

Heidi Beck, Renton

Comments | Topics: Angelina Jolie, cancer, mastectomy

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