Tina Kuhr, North Carolina
BRCA1 and BRCA 2 + Increased surveillance. Prophylactic Oophorectomy Mastectomies (after diagnosis) with implant on left breast and lat flap
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
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I’m 50, divorced with two sons, and of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. My maternal grandmother, great aunt (grandmother's sister), aunt (mother's sister), and my mother all had breast cancer. I was tested after I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. I lost my mother to cancer of the common bile duct; my older sister is also a breast cancer survivor.
The hardest part of my journey
Being diagnosed with cancer a second time - and having a massive MRSA infection after surgery.
If I could do it over again
If I had known how likely it was that I would have a second breast cancer, I might have chosen to have a double mastectomy when I was first diagnosed, rather than choosing a lumpectomy and radiation. I could have avoided two surgeries and chemotherapy.
My participation with FORCE
It is helpful to know that I am not alone in this battle.
I am a single mother of two boys - my ex and I were separated 2 years before my first diagnosis. I worked full time as an engineer while going through radiation therapy in 2000 and chemotherapy in 2006.
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