I have a friend, “G”, whose MIL is dying of cancer. It’s been a 15 year battle, starting with ovarian cancer, then to breast cancer and now I think it’s in the bone. My friend’s wife “L”, who is also an RN, is planning on a hysterectomy sometime at the end of the year. They have 5 children, so are done in that area. She is also considering a double masectomy, as she is also carrying the gene that predisposes her for breast cancer, aside from the family history. I was stunned when he told me this. G seemed quite fine with the idea, as he would rather have a wife than be a widower, but I’m still a little troubled by their decision. Not that it matters, of course.
These folks are college educated, L obviously has some medical knowledge, but she is also a worrier. They are not stupid, but this seems like such an extreme step that I just can’t quite get my head around it. In the same situation, would I agree with my wife to take such drastic steps? when discussing it, my sister in law said something like “what makes her a woman after that?” I don’t think that’s my problem with it, but surgery has its own risks, and these are not root canals they’re considering.
Comments? Personal experiences?