"She said the doctor told her it was a very aggressive tumor that had come on very fast and her doctor sent her to a radiologist who told that usually they wait and get the answer later, but since they were really good friends, she unbuttoned her blouse and showed her that she had had a double mastectomy. She said to Melissa, “This is the worst that can happen to you. You are going to be fine.” Melissa said that really set her on the path to believe she was going to be fine."
I know mastectomies are not easy surgeries. I have friends who have struggled with long-lasting effects and have dealt with pain for long periods of time. However, in honor of Christina, Debbie, Michelle I, Franca, Catherine, Michelle H, Carole, Kate, Mary Margaret and Sheila ... all personal friends who have died of breast cancer metastases between January 7, 2013 and September 20, 2014, I'd like to go on record as saying, "A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY IS NOT THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU."
I am incredibly happy that Ms. Ethridge remains cancer free, but as such, she has a responsibility to speak truth, not fiction. Granted, this was very early in her diagnostics process and perhaps the radiologist was merely trying to be encouraging, but by repeating such things on a wildly popular pseudo-science program such as "Dr. Oz" is just not right. She went on to take credit for her cancer free status being due to her diet and lifestyle because " if you are afraid of cancer or dying, your life will eventually go where you focus on." I'm glad she has determined the outcome for those with metastatic disease ... it's our fault. We made it happen.