Maria, Melbourne Beach, Florida
Stage 1 IDC in 2009, lumpectomy, chemo, radiation. Aunt diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian 2012, tested pos for BRCA2 Nov 2013. Surgeries scheduled 2014
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Hoped my journey with cancer was over after treatment in 2009. Tumor was triple negative so no follow up meds (tamoxifen, etc). No history of breast or ovarian cancer in my direct family until my Aunt was diagnosed with Ovarian and she came up pos for BRCA2 mutation. Rest of my family is resistant to getting tested-I have several female first cousins and a brother with a daughter.
If I could do it over again
Get genetic testing earlier, should probably have had the mastectomy instead of lumpectomy in 2009. No one recommended testing since I didn't have a family history and didn't have any children.
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Reading other women's stories has already helped me find peace with my decisions regarding surgery.
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