When people question whether my choice to have preventative surgery is extreme, I like to use the following analogy: You would never, get on a plane that had an 87% chance of crashing.

In fact, you’d probably avoid the airport, call the TSA, and maybe consider abandoning air travel altogether in favor of trains or boats for the rest of your life. I could spend the rest of my life getting bi-annual MRIs and ultrasounds, doing monthly self-exams, and just wait for the day that one of those tests reveals cancer, or I can have a double mastectomy and lower my risk to be less than the general population’s.

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I wasn’t even two sips into a glass of Malbec with a Bumble date last week when I noticed his eyes drifting downwards, and wondered what he’d think if I told him that the chest he was stealing a not-so-stealthy glance at is going to be gone in six weeks.

I’ve been planning this surgery for nearly a year and have the utmost confidence in my doctors and in my decision.

My family and friends have been supportive and have stepped up to the plate in ways I could never have predicted, offering care, compassion, and so much wine.

Colleen Hamilton-Lecky ’18 For centuries, art has been used as a tool for resistance.

And yet, less attention has been paid to the spaces that hold those works.But when I’m sitting next to a guy at a bar making awkward first date conversation, none of that seems to matter, because all I can think about is what this guy is going to think when I eventually tell him about my boobs’ impending doom, or worse yet, what’s going to happen post-surgery when I’m finally ready for my (fake boobs) to make their debut.Blame it on me being the kind of Type-A overthinker who likes to have contingency plans for her contingency plans or just being a neurotic Jewish girl from Long Island.It's hard to blithely rattle on about Two years ago, I found out that I have a BRCA1 gene mutation, the same genetic factor that drove Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy.Everyone has BRCA genes; they work to prevent breast cancer.There’s a brave new world of wardrobe options, too.