Our family carries the BRCA1 gene breast and ovarian cancer gene mutation. We were one several original families studied by Dr. Henry Lynch to help isolate this genetic mutation and its connection to breast and ovarian cancer. At one point, our family had the most significant history of breast and ovarian cancer documented in the United States. Not the claim to fame we were hoping for.
We’ve realized that perfection, or the illusion of perfection is not what connects us with other humans. What connects us is honesty, humility, humor, and hope. Life can be so difficult, yet so very beautiful. We want others to know that it is okay to struggle, okay to be imperfect, and most important, okay to talk about it. Sharing our struggles builds connections that empower us to endure even the greatest challenges. We want women to be vocal about their challenges and advocates for their health.
Nipples Optional is a laugh out loud memoir written by three sisters who have navigated the muddy waters of genetic testing.
We candidly document the decisions we have made about our bodies, our health, and our future. Our memoir humorously discusses preventative surgeries, fertility treatments, anxiety, loss, marriage, families, motherhood and much more.