I have a family history of death from breast cancer, from my birth mother. For 20 years I barely dodged breast cancer, and now I was growing 2 masses a year. Doctor wanted to do the BRCA genetic testing to find out if I carry the genetic factor for breast cancer— denied. My insurance would cover total mastectomies with reconstruction, but they would only allow and pay for 23 hours from start of the surgery, spending the night to discharge. Since my husband and I are retired and will be RVing, we chose bilateral mastectomies, prophylactically, no implants. Done with some clipboard cutesy deciding my life and future.

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