More than a year ago, Angelina Jolie revealed in a heartfelt letter to the entire world that she’d had a preventative double mastectomy because she carried a genetic mutation that increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. You may not know this, but genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations has been available in Lebanon for almost 5 years now at select hospitals and clinics within Beirut. With interest in it recently increasing (Angelina no doubt played a big role in this), more and more women are now asking about it. What do you need to know before considering the test? Find out more here.
It’s been more than four years since One Wig Stand was launched. Can you believe how quickly the time has passed?! It’s been a wonderful journey, filled with its own twists and turns, but one that I’m nonetheless extremely grateful for as it has lead us to where we are today.
Last October, Conde Nast Traveler released its Readers’ Choice Awards and Beirut, Lebanon made it to #20 on that list, outranking even Paris, Barcelona and Venice. But being on international lists isn’t always a thing to be proud of or to celebrate, especially if that list names the 50 countries in the world with the highest breast cancer rates.
This piece is dedicated to a breast cancer patient who revealed her thoughts and feelings with me the night before her mastectomy. Her exceptional perseverance during her sickness inspired many around her and filled them with hope. In writing this, I hope to succeed in translating all that she felt that night here.