For Ally and me, prophylactic breast surgery was an answer, especially when we learned that it could reduce our risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 97%. The benefit of prophylactic surgery is counted one year at a time; in relation, the younger you are at the time of surgery, the more significant the potential benefit. The older you are, the less benefit.
What would I do if I knew that I could not fail? I would write a book; I have always wanted to share something inspirational that could connect people. I would own a business with my sisters; it has always been something we have dreamed of through the years. I would start an Airbnb business here in Rochester for people that need a home away from home while dealing with life-altering diagnoses. This business is something that Bruce and I could build together and leave for our family one day.
As a society, we tend to shy away from the topic of suicide, but we should meet it head-on. The myth that talking about suicide causes suicide is exactly that, a myth. Worse, avoiding what’s on your teen’s mind may make them feel alone and uncared for. Instead offer help, listen and don’t ignore the problem. Your teen may be crying out for help.