Angelina Jolie's prophylactic mastectomy. It goes without saying that we have very little in common, though...even cancer-wise. I had cancer, she didn't, I tested BRCA negative, she didn't, my mother is still a alive, still surviving, sadly hers is not. Even our mastectomies were different -- hers was bilateral and used implants, mine was unilateral and used my own tissue for immediate reconstruction.
Yet it occurs to me in the most fundamental way she and I do share the important issues. We are both mothers. Cancer has touched us. We both did whatever we could to keep it from taking our lives.
There is a lot more to say on this subject, especially from the perspective of those whose lives have been touched by cancer...but perhaps no one has said it quite so well as Nancy, from the blog Nancy's Point. I urge you to read her piece on Ms. Jolie. It really gets to the heart of the matter.
Of course I'm hoping for a future where our daughters (and sons) never have to face these impossibly difficult decisions...a future with nothing to fear from breast cancer. But until that day, staying informed is our best weapon.