Recognizing that I don't identify myself by my individual body parts.
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Having had a mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 54, her identical twin being diagnosed at age 49, my father passing from colon cancer at age 56, his only sibling being diagnosed with breast cancer in her late 40s, my being of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and never having had children, the radiologist who read my most recent mammogram suggested that I meet with a genetic counselor to discuss being tested for the BRCA gene. All of my relatives have passed and none of them were tested for the gene. I will forever be grateful to my radiologist.
My participation with FORCE
I am now a FORCE helpline volunteer. It is my chance to "give back." I am thrilled to be able to help others who are experiencing what I have already gone through. Any fear I can alleviate and any information I can provide to a person in need makes me feel that my journey was a worthwhile one.
I hope that FORCE reaches out to more people all the time. FORCE's support system and abundance of medical resources are WONDERFUL!!!
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