Hello I am a 45 yr old mother of 3 two 21 yr olds an a 16 yr old and I have the BRCA 1 mutation. I have elected the have a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. I found out a week ago but I have known down deep that something was not right since my mother developed ovarian cancer after surviving for 30 years after breast cancer. She left me on September 7, 2011 at 1:30pm my life will never be the same I will never be the same. Continue Reading »
My mother was beautiful. We all know our mothers are beautiful. But Mom was movie star lovely. Tall and slender with masses of dark hair, dewy brown eyes, and cheekbones to die for, she could have stepped right out of an RKO feature film. She must have been surprised, after growing up as an only child, to marry Dad and become the mother of ten children. But nobody could ever tell. Our friends always said we had the prettiest, youngest looking mother around. Continue Reading »
In November 2009, I received a call from my family informing me that my cousin was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She had blood work done and found out that she carried the same gene that both of our father’s mother had passed away with when she was 41 years young. We also found out that my dad and both of his brothers were also positive for the BRCA 1 gene. My cousin’s Oncologist suggested that all of the cousins (boys and girls) be tested to see if we also carried the gene. Continue Reading »
I AM A PREVIVOR, SINGLE MOM OF FIVE CHILDREN. I HAVE BEEN A REGISTERED NURSE FOR 19 YEARS AND BURIED MY AUNT TO A HORRIBLE OVARIAN CANCER, MY GRANDMOTHER HAD BREAST CA AND MOTHER DIED OF “FLUID ON THE BRAIN” UNKNOWN CANCER… MY DECISION TO HAVE SURGERY ONCE I FOUND OUT I HAD THE BRCA 2 GENE AND ABNORMAL TISSUE, WAS THE ONLY DECISION! I WOULD LOVE TO BE INCLUDED IN SUPPORT GROUP AS I HAVE TREMENDOUS SURVIROR GUILT AND THIS HAS BEEN A LIFE CHANGING EVENT!
My mom has already battled cancer of unknown primary origin last year (found two lymph nodes but never the primary source), and has the BRCA2 genetic mutation. I read this book and gave it to my dad, then we decided to ask my mom to read it and it’s been an amazing guide for her and for our entire family. Continue Reading »