By Lisa Cohen
Going to the Mikveh can be the most purifying, spiritual, special and pampering experience. You treat your physical body with love and respect in preparation for a spiritual experience. Once immersed and rejuvenated, you dress and make yourself up so that you go home once again feeling as beautiful and as desired as on your wedding night.
However, it is not like that for everyone.
My mother and my sister, may they rest together in peace, died from hereditary breast and ovarian cancer at very young ages. As a result, I underwent genetic testing and discovered that I carried a genetic mutation in the BRCA1 gene. This meant that I had an 87% risk of having breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer.