Kim, Marysville, Michigan
I'm 45, and married with two kids, Sam, 19 and Sarah, 17. I am BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive.
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
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Found out about BRCA1+, BRCA2+ status more than 2 years ago. I was tested because I had breast cancer at 39; then 15 months later ovarian. I have had breast and ovarian cancer. Pancreatic cancer also runs in my family. I have managed my risk with increased surveillance, an OOPH/ hysterectomy and a prophylactic mastectomy with reconstruction - expanders, replaced by silicone implants. Also surgi-mend was used repair adhesions and scar tissue that had to be removed.
The hardest part of my journey
Getting to the ages when my mother and brother died. Mike at 29 - passed that mile marker and Mom at 48 - waiting for that one to pass.
If I could do it over again
To not feel that I have to be strong all the time, and trying not to be scared. The world sees me as a strong, positive person. Little do they know that inside I am a quivering little girl who misses her Mother.
My participation with FORCE
Knowing that there are other people like me. Well, kinda. I am BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive -- receiving one mutation from each parent. As my genetic counselor says, "you're just specialer."
Wife, mother, teacher, KNITTER, then...cancer survivor.
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