Jennifer C., McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
I'm 35, and married with two step-children.
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
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Found out about BRCA1+ status in April 2008. Tested because paternal grandmother is a 41-year survivor; paternal aunt was diagnosed at age 32 and again age 50; she had the genetic testing done for the rest of us. Prostate, uterine, and lung cancers also run in my family. I have not had cancer. Had an OOPH/ hysterectomy and a prophylactic mastectomy with reconstruction. PM surgery date 7/23/08. Pathology report negative and reconstruction complete using silicone implants.
The hardest part of my journey
Explaining my decision to get the testing done and then explaining my decision to have the prophylactic surgeries.
If I could do it over again
My participation with FORCE
This was the link that I referred anyone to who wanted to do their own research about what I was preparing to do and why. I think this consolidation of the data and stories helped everyone grasp the information at their own comfort level.
Used to "work the streets" as a paramedic (8 years) until my back could no longer handle the lifting. Currently in school for nursing.
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