Amber Larsen, Gilbert, Az, United States
I'm Brca 1+ , with a strong family history of CANCER . My story is just beginning.
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I'm 32, with two kids 11 &5 . I found out that I was Brca 1+ may 9,2013 , after my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and tested + herself. My family history is long and lengthy with cancer from both my grandma and grandpa side of the family.
The hardest part of my journey
Finding out I was brca + , the descion to have the surgeries , and the reaction of people when they found out. Also having to deal with my insurance company cause they don't do "PREVENTIVE SURGERIES" ! The stress of knowing that you have something and they wont do anything for you except monitor you Once a yr! plus .....I'm too young to take tamoxifen ( not recommend under 35) . I asked the insurance lady " what do I do" ? "Do I just wait till I get it" ? Her answer was "if you get cancer then this will be covered "! I thought to myself that's great ( the age of when most get breast cancer in my family is 42- 50) . It has been 3 months long months...... thanks to lots of prayers , the man upstairs , great dr's, and one hell of a fight........, finally said they would cover them!!!
If I could do it over again
I have my 1st surgery on oct 7,2013 (getting my last ovary removed) and the mastectomy done at the end of the month. I will let you know when I'm done ! Lol
My participation with FORCE
I found force when I was looking for information on the Brca gene. I joined the Phx force, I have gone to a meeting, and will start volunteering to help out with any function that they need help at.
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