Biggest Battle Yet: Kayleigh McEnany to Have Preventative Double Mastectomy
Republican National Committee spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany will undergo a preventative double mastectomy on Tuesday to conquer breast cancer, something she calls an "inevitable destiny."
McEnany wrote in an op-ed piece that eight women in her family have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and that she -- like her mother -- tested positive for the same BRCA 2 genetic mutation that would put her at a very high risk of diagnosis.
"My twenties have been a blessed decade, free from the ravages of cancer, but not the prospect of it,” she wrote.
As May 1st approaches, I am fearful but looking forward to the moment I can say "I will never die of breast cancer" ... https://t.co/jXt6TM1v8a
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) April 28, 2018
McEnany said she attacked the diagnosis head-on and routinely underwent mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs.
"[Women] are not defined by our anatomy. Women now are not just doing this. They are owning it," she said of mastectomies. "It's beautiful and they are celebrating it because women should be celebrated for their minds and their hearts."
"Ahead of me will be a cancer-free life, where I can confidently say, “I will never die of breast cancer," McEnany wrote.
McEnany stressed the importance of spreading not just breast cancer awareness, but awareness of the BRCA 2 genetic and the blood test for it.
Watch the powerful interview above.