MELANIE GRUENWALD, who underwent a double mastectomy Oct. 20, is comfortably dressed and upright on her living room couch. “I don’t want to lie down,” she reassures. “I’m fine.”
Unabashedly frank and accessible, Gruenwald welcomes the opportunity to talk about breast cancer and choosing extreme measures over a recommended lumpectomy.
This August, while training for Nov. 3 New York City Marathon (26.2 miles), she discovered a marble-sized lump.
“I was surprised,” Gruenwald calmly describes the dreaded encounter.