After watching too many family members die of cancer, at age 28, public speaker and comedian Caitlin Brodnick was tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation and tested positive, indicating an 87% chance she'd likely be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. She had a preventative double mastectomy, thereby becoming an everywoman's Angelina Jolie.
Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts goes in depth into her experience from testing to surgery and on to recovery. Listeners hear the full story told in a warm, funny, and approachable way, even what it was like to go from a size 32G bra - giant, for a woman who is barely over five feet tall! - to a 32C. Engaging and open, Caitlin admits to having hated her breasts long before her surgery, and enjoying the process of "designing" her new breasts, from the shape of the breasts to the size and color of the nipples.
While Caitlin's primary narrative explores the BRCA gene and breast cancer, her story is also one about body acceptance and what it takes to be confident with and in charge of one's body. Her speaking engagements and comedy routines have shown that the wider topic of breasts, breast size, and personal identity is resonating with younger listeners.
You nailed every emotion and made me feel like I was sitting across from you chatting about our experiences! I am BRCA2. In the last 10 months I have had a total hysterectomy and a prophylactic mastectomy with reconstruction. I felt everything you spoke about (except that I wasn’t dealing with large breasts before) and I couldn’t have survived without the support of family and friends and humor! So, this book was just perfect!!! Thank you!
Would you consider the audio edition of Dangerous Boobies to be better than the print version?
Yes, just listening to Caitlin's story was amazing and relatable, I felt like she was speaking to me.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Caitlin, she is amazing!
I didn't expect to fall in love with Caitlin and her story, I listened, I cried, and I laughed. I didn't want it to end. If Caitlin can do this so can I. Thank you for writing this book, it is the support I needed.