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Ira's Story: Living as a Trans Man With a BRCA1 Mutation

Ira Feinstein is an author and trans man living with a BRCA1 mutation, discussing preventive surgery, identity, and tips for communicating with the medical community.
Nov 21, 2020
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Growing up in Georgia and Michigan, Ira 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.

Listen to the podcast to hear Ira talk 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

  • Cut Off, his first book

About the guest
 
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Ira Feinstein

Ira Feinstein is an American author currently living in Chicago. Cut Off will be his first book.

— Last updated on January 31, 2022, 6:52 PM

 
 
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