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‘Cancer I could deal with. Losing my breast I could not’

When Joanna Moorhead found out she had breast cancer, a mastectomy seemed the best option. So why did she pull out of the operation at the last minute? The taxi arrived at dawn but it could have come earlier. I’d been awake all night: terrified about the day that lay ahead and what it would mean for the rest of my life. At the hospital I changed into a high-tech gown that would keep me warm during the long hours I’d be unconscious, and my surgeon arrived to do a quick pre-operative check.
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