Gossip Girls Jessica Queller has had double mastectomy to prevent cancerOctober 15th, 2008 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 15 (ANI): Jessica Queller, who is the supervising producer and one of the head writers of the CW series Gossip Girl, has revealed that she has had a double mastectomy to prevent cancer.
Queller, 38, is so fearful of developing the disease that she had her breasts removed in 2005, and is now planning on having her ovaries removed even though she does not have ovarian cancer.
She had tested positive for the breast cancer 1, or BRCA1 mutation, and after seeing her mother struggling with the illness, she decided to have the preventative mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
Queller revealed her ordeal in her book titled, Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny.
She had had two options: surveillance and careful screening or prophylactic surgery.
People ask me all the time if my life was split in half by this news, Fox News quoted her as having written.
But, my life was split in half by my mothers illness and death. Ive never witnessed such horror. Im completely traumatized. I never imagined such suffering could be real. Every decision I made was based on what I witnessed her going through. I just knew instinctively Id do anything to avoid getting cancer, she stated.
She is now trying to become pregnant before she has to have her ovaries removed. (ANI)
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