Miss America Hopeful Chooses Life Over Beauty, Gets Double Mastectomy

24 year old Allyn Rose is a Miss America contestant who will represent Washington D.C in the pageant held on January 12th 2013. But this isn’t exactly exciting news. The real story is that she recently told People Magazine that she is going to undergo a preventative double mastectomy surgery, after losing her own mother to breast cancer when she was 16. She decided on this after finding out she is also a carrier of the same disease her mother had.

While some doctors she has met with say it is not necessary for someone so young, others commend her for being so smart in an effort to prolong her life. She clearly has big plans and wants to make sure she is in the best shape to be a role model.

Allyn says her inspirations, other than her mother, are Robin Roberts and Giuliana Rancic who have both suffered with breast cancer. While she definitely hopes to win the Miss USA competition early next year, her real desire is to be a champion for young women and show them what is really important in life.

“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.”

If she wins, she will get the surgery after the crowning. Either way, we know Allyn has a bright future ahead of her and we can already see the spark of a great woman coming through. Understanding that a beauty pageant isn’t the be all and end all in life, but using it for what it is, a platform, which will enable her to reach out to other young girls dealing with warped body issues.

Have you or a loved one suffered with breast cancer? How has it affected the way you view your own body?

 

 

 

 

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