The Book That Might Change Your Life
It's hard to to find someone who hasn't heard the name Krystal Barter. The 30-year-old mum from Sydney's Northern Beaches grew up an average girl with one glaring difference: the women in her family carried the "cancer gene", BRCA1. That might sound like a jumble of letters to you, but to Krystal it was quite literally the difference between life or death for all the women she cared most about: namely, her mum, her grandmother and herself.
Instead of sitting back and letting family history take over, though, Krystal took action, and became well-known in Australia for opting to have both her breasts removed at just 25 years old. While in recovery, she founded hereditary cancer charity Pink Hope, and the rest is history. She's just released her memoir, The Lucky One ($24.95), and I wanted to give it a read before the biggest day on Pink Hope's calendar, Bright Pink Lipstick Day this Friday, Sept. 26.
Worried the story might be too heavy? Turns out you should never judge a book by its synopsis. Keep reading for my thoughts on why everyone should read The Lucky One.