Bolette, Toronto, Ontario/Canada
I am 37 years old and have a wonderful husband and two special boys. I am BRCA1+ and have had an oophorectomy and PBM.
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My beautiful mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 40 and lost her battle at 45. I was 17 years old. Ever since then my dad encouraged me to get tested for the BRCA mutations. I finally visited with a genetic counselor in 2005 and shortly after learned that I was BRCA1+.
The hardest part of my journey
The hardest part of my journey was seeing my mom suffer through her illness. Even though she never once complained I knew that she was in pain. She always put on a brave face for me.
If I could do it over again
I would not change a thing if I had to do this over again. I am at peace with all of the decisions that I have made for myself and for my family.
My participation with FORCE
FORCE has been a tremendous resource during my journey. I knew that FORCE was a safe place where I could ask questions about expectations and worries. I also met another remarkable woman who has been through many of the same things that I have been through. We now have a very special friendship.
If anyone has any questions I would be more than happy to share my story and experiences. Overall my journey has been a positive one and I hope that I can pass on this confidence to others.
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