@leahvbee: What’s a defining moment in your life?

A few years ago, I found out I have the BRCA-1 mutation, which takes my likelihood of getting breast cancer in my lifetime up to something like 50-85%. But knowledge is power, and I have the ability to minimize this risk through careful monitoring and prophylactic surgeries. But I bring this up because this knowledge radically effects the way I proceed throughout the next 10 years of my life.  A focus on the “ticking clock” of fertility and family planning is often an inhibition for female filmmakers in this industry — and this is only exacerbated by the serious risks to my health if I don’t proceed along a certain, slightly accelerated timeline. But so it goes! We take our challenges & incorporate them into our lives. This is one of mine.

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