Growing up in Georgia and Michigan, Ira Feinstein lived as Carla before gender transitioning at age 38. Carla lost both of her parents by age 11 — her father died unexpectedly of a heart attack and 2 years later, her mother died from breast cancer. A number of years after her mother’s death, Carla learned that she carried a BRCA1 mutation, which gave her a much higher than average risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Carla had a preventive double mastectomy and hysterectomy before gender transitioning.
In this podcast by BreastCancer.Org Ira talks about:
- Living with a BRCA1 mutation, both as a woman and a trans man
- The decision to have preventive surgery
- His experiences as a trans man dealing with the medical community
- His advice for other people dealing with a genetic mutation
Listen to the podcast here.