The man who America has had in the back of their minds all week is finally speaking up!
This is incredible — we love that more and more people are choosing their own health and well-being over risk.
First we heard that Sharon Osbourne has undergone a preventative double mastectomy because she carried the gene that causes breast cancer. Now, we're hearing that a Miss America contestant has done the same.
Allyn Rose lost her mom to breast cancer at age 16. Now she's 24 years old, and has chosen to undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure after learning she is a carrier of the same rare chromosomal disease that her mother had.
Here's what she has to say about it all:
"The idea that I could wake up one day and not have the same body that I did the day before is very scary. But I also realize my mom was diagnosed at 27. That's three years away from me. I'm not going to let my fear of losing this part of my femininity stop me from living."
Amazing — and just because you undergo a double mastectomy, that doesn't mean you've lost ANY of your beauty. Your willingness to make such a tough decision is beautiful beyond words.
"It manifests in male children, but there have been studies that women who are the carriers of it have almost a 75 percent likely chance of contracting breast cancer. It's a very strange change in our genetic code. Almost all of the women in my family have passed away from it.
"My mom had her right breast removed at 27, but at 47 or 48, it came back in her left breast. It was already stage three. She could have had that other breast removed, but I'm sure there was a part of her that thought she didn't want to give up this other part of herself.
"My dad said he begged her for years and years to get it removed, but she said no. It's ultimately the thing that killed her. I had to become my own mentor. I had to go pick out my prom dress by myself. I had to go to my high school graduation without my mom. She didn't see me go off to college or go on my first date or drive a car for the first time."
We — we don't even know what to say about this. It's all so sad. We're glad she has learned something from something so difficult.
She goes on:
"It's a very scary proposition. But my father and I have met with a surgeon and countless doctors. Some of them are wary because I don't have breast cancer and I am so young, but others have said it's a very smart move, especially for someone who is genetically predisposed."
She then says something very powerful:
"Breasts don't define your life. I'm choosing life over beauty. I'm choosing to remove something that's so iconic to my womanhood."
That's the thing — you're losing exactly 0% of your beauty, Allyn.
You will be gorgeous no matter what. Good luck.
[Image via AP Images.]