24-year-old Allyn Rose representing Washington, DC in the upcoming 2013 Miss America pageant will be her last with both of her breasts, deciding to undergo a precautionary double mastectomy. Goodmorning America reports, Rose, who lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just a teen is genetically affected due to a gene mutation that the women in her family carry.
"Knowing I am a carrier I just said to myself I don't want to put myself through what my mom went through. I want to be here for my kids' - no pun intended - crowning achievements," Rose said.
Rose tells People Magazine, "The idea that I could wake up one day and not have the same body that I did the day before is very scary,but I also realize my mom was diagnosed at 27. That's three years away from me. I'm not going to let my fear of losing this part of my femininity stop me from living."
"There's been leaps and bounds in surgery over the last few years, in reconstruction, to make your body look the same as it did before. Or you can lose a nipple. If surgery doesn't go the right way, you could lose the entire breast. But I knew my mom my whole life with one breast, and she never let that stop her from achieving her goals of being a good mom and wife. So I said if I had to live my whole life with no breasts, I'd rather be alive," Rose said.
People Magazine wrote, Rose describes the breast reconstruction surgery plan as "very risky" and "not exactly seamless," but she feels that is worth it.
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