She winced as her daughter struggled with pain and waves of nausea.
Tubes came out of her body and bandaging covered her chest.
Rhonda Muncy knew what her daughter was feeling. She underwent a double mastectomy earlier that year and remembered well the pain and discomfort after surgery.
But seeing her daughter in pain was made worse by the unrelenting thought that it was her fault.
Brittany Muncy wouldn’t have had to undergo a double mastectomy as a senior in college if she hadn’t had the genetic marker that made her up to 85 percent more likely to develop breast cancer.
In her mother’s mind, that made this painful process her fault.
“It was really hard for me, too. Because of me, she had to go through this,” Rhonda Muncy said.
For Brittany Muncy, 22, the pain and nausea were bad. But the worst part was seeing her body after the surgery. She looked away when her mother changed her bandages or checked her drainage tubes. She just couldn’t watch.