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Episode #44: What It's Like To Get a Double Mastectomy At the Age of 27 | A Solo Episode

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“I lost an entire six hours of my day. One minute I was holding my husbands finger and the next minute I was blinking half awake in the ICU saying I was nauseous.”


Happy season 2 my Live Your F*ck Yes Lifers!

Holy balls, it’s good to be back. I’ve missed you guys.

Season 2 is about to be incredible so hold onto your hats — the lineup of conversations are seriously so juicy and amazing and I can’t wait for you guys to hear them.

But before we get there, I thought it was only fitting to kick off the start of season 2 with the true tell all about my preventative double mastectomy and what it’s really been like.

So many of you have been asking about the nitty gritty deets so today, we get into all of that and more.


Things I cover in today’s episode.

  • Navigating trauma and facing your fears head on

  • Fears I had heading into surgery, body dysmorphia and sex

  • Breast cancer awareness, the BRCA gene, major surgery

  • What I did to prep for it

  • The nitty gritty of my personal choices

  • What recovery has really looked like


Episode #39: What you need to know about the BRCA gene

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“When you have a mutation of one of these genes, that’s when you have a significant risk of developing one of those cancers in your lifetime.”


I was so honored to share my full story about the BRCA gene and my decision to get a preventative double mastectomy later this year on my friend Jen Wille’s podcast a few weeks back and I knew I needed to share this conversation with all of you.

This is the most vulnerable I’ve felt all year. And I would not be me if I didn’t share that with you.

So here goes. Dig in, and if you have any questions about anything I talk about, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am always here for you.

Here are a few things we discuss in todays episode:

  • My one non negotiable to start my day every day

  • The power (and fear) attached to sharing stories while navigating it in real time

  • My intention word of 2018 and the irony of it all

  • The ins and outs of the BRCA gene and how it impacts women vs. men

  • Navigating the idea of having kids now

  • The options for reducing your risk when you have the gene

  • Facing things you’re absolutely terrified of head on

  • Talking about my BOOBS in detail

  • The exact surgery I’m getting


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE

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Episode 21: Having the courage to live life with intention, radical self care and growing up in foster care with Jen Wille

Previous podcast episodes where I touch on BRCA // Episode 10: Finding strength in unexpected places & Episode 6: Facing Fear Head On

Jen’s podcast First & Foremost

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Episode #19: The Power of Community and finding your Breast Friends with Paige MORE

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"I knew I didn't want to live like that for the rest of my life.  I wanted to be a warrior, not a worrier."

Paige is a three time Emmy award winning producer who describes herself as everybody’s new breast friend. In 2017, Paige had a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. After feeling alone during her entire decision making process, Paige decided to start sharing her story on Instagram to give other women the hope that they too could become warriors not worriers. After building a community online, Paige decided to start putting together free events for women who have been affected by cancer and The Breasties was born.

The Breasties is a 501(c)(3) organization that puts together free events and free weekend wellness retreats for young women who have been affected by cancer. Her along with the three other cofounders of The Breasties are helping women move mountains around the world. 

Here are some things we discuss in todays episode:

  • Her story of how she found out she had the BRCA 1 mutation and her journey since that moment.
  • The power of social media and finding your community
  • How our perspective shifts after going through something challenging in our lives
  • What you didn't know about BRCA
  • The path to making a difficult decision
  • Showing up as your authentic self

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAYS EPISODE

Paige's Instagram | Website 

JUNE 2018 CHICAGO BREASTIE EVENT

My first solo episode of the pod

 

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Episode #10: Finding Strength in Unexpected Places | Solo Episode

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" There is so much power in sharing the mess along the way too because hello - we are messy humans. We are not this picture perfect wrapped in a present version of ourselves. We are constantly going through it and if we don't believe that there is strength in that, then how can other people feel that it's ok to not have their shit together too?"

When you hear the word strength, what images come up for you?

For so many years, my concept of what it meant to be strong was so skewed, and it wasn't until super recently that everything shifted for me. 

Here are a few things I touch on in todays episode:

  • My plans for the long weekend
  • Our definitions of strength as a society
  • Physical strength and why it's so important to me
  • The summer of 2014, aka the summer of "weakness"
  • The saga of not enoughness
  • Social media & its influence on our perceptions of what it means to be strong
  • The power of vulnerability
  • The lightbulb moment I had last week