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WGLB-TV Presents: Women’s Health: LBTs Fighting Breast Cancer

For over a year, in the 1990s, I worked for a county HIV testing clinic. During that time, I gave HIV test results to frightened people who sat across from me waiting for news that might change the course of their lives; knowing that a positive result would bring more tests, toxic medications, changed relationships, and possibly death. With each test result, positive or negative, I tried to put myself in that person’s place and treat them how I would want to be treated—with kindness and compassion—if the situation were reversed. But I knew, no matter how much empathy I had, I would never really know what that person was going through. I would never know what it was like to sit on the opposite side of that table, hoping for the best but expecting the worst. I would never know…until suddenly, in a different but all too similar way, I did know.

This year, an estimated 175,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 43,300 will die from it. In November 2008, I became part of these statistics. I was diagnosed with pre-menopausal, invasive ductal, triple-negative, grade 2/3, Stage IIa breast cancer.

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What's In A Name? Everything.

I announced to friends, family, and colleagues this week that I was changing my name as part of my Gender Confirmation process.

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