Why this 28-year-old P.E.I. woman chose to have a double mastectomy

‘Surgery went well!’ Hannah Gehrels posted to Facebook after her double mastectomy last week. (Hannah Gehrels)

(Sara Fraser/ CBC News) — Last week, 28-year-old Hannah Gehrels of Charlottetown said goodbye to her breasts.

It was with mixed feelings, she said, but in the end the decision was simple: having them removed could save her life.

“This definitely felt like the right decision for me, even though it’s hard in some ways,” Gehrels said just a few days after her surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

“Different layers in there in terms of how it feels … physically, emotionally and mentally.”

Gehrels had discovered the BRCA2 gene was prevalent in her family and that family members had tested positive for it, which meant she may have inherited the gene as well. (…)

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