She opted for a double mastectomy, and is sharing her story. I'm not really interested in celebrities, but she is one of the very few I really admire. She's telling her story to help others. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. We often speak of â€œMommyâ€™s mommy,â€ and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a â€œfaultyâ€ gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.