Nancy Eger, Alpharetta, Georgia
I recently went through genetic testing, and found that i tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation.
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I am 55 years of age, and after being diagnosed with stage two breast cancer at 53, (6 rounds of chemo, followed by a double masectomy) I was encouraged by my oncologist to undergo genetic counseling. I was uncertain about family history (It's complicated) and felt like I needed to know how broad my risk was for the possibility for the reoccurance of cancer in the future.
The hardest part of my journey
The hardest part of being diagnosed with breast cancer was trying to get an answer as to 'why'...When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to know why. Was it the fact that as a type 1 diabetic I was taking insulin (since age 19), and was dealing with an IGF growth factor, or was this something unknown in my family history? I was was told by my surgeon initially I needed to do a lumpectomy on my right side...Because I was fearful of a cancer reoccurance (before I was genetically tested) I elected to do a double masectomy.
If I could do it over again
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