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Jessica, Battle Creek, MI

     

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Age: 39

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer April 2012 and tested positive for BRCA2 in May 2012. Completed Chemo Treatments July 2012

I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:

Favorite book / authors:
Nora Roberts, Linda Lael Miller

Favorite TV / Movies:
Dance Moms

Favorite Quote:
God only gives me what I can handle

 

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My journey

Even though my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years before me that is not who I got the gene mutation. My father is BRCA2 positive as are a few members of his family on his mother's side. Given my young age of breast cancer the doctor's encouraged me to get tested. Although I was pretty sure I was positive before taking the test.

I am now coming to terms with the need to have my ovaries/fallopian tubes removed and a bi-lateral mastectomy. I have just finished my cancer treatments and need a much deserved break to heal and adjust to the upcoming challenges I face.

The hardest part of my journey

Coming to terms with the upcoming surgeries. It is a daily struggle.

If I could do it over again

No, I accept this is my journey and I will travel it.

My participation with FORCE

I have found a sense of community here and a place to gain knowledge.

Other thoughts

Doctor's have never spent time evaluating my father's side of the family, always my mother's. If there is one thing I want people to take away from my experiences is genetics are 50% mother and 50% father. Evaluating both sides of your family are very important.

 


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