Tania R, Wisconsin
BC at age 43; Mastectomy with expander; BRCA2+; prophylactic mastectomy with bi-lateral lat flap. Finally prophylactic oophorectomy and hysterectomy;
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer May 31, 2006 and had surgery, chemo and radiation. I have only an aunt on my father's side that had breast cancer at age 62, so I wasn't considered high-risk. After a lot of discussion with my genetics counselor, I went ahead and got tested for the BRCA gene -- not only for me, but also for my family. I got the results back in April 2007 and tested positive for BRCA2. Because of that, I had a prophylactic mastectomy on the other side with lattissimus flap reconstruction on both sides. In December 2007, I had hysterectomy and oophorectomy and am currently on Aromasin.
The hardest part of my journey
Seeing the irreparable damage to my body due to the treatments and surgery. Realizing that I am not in control of my destiny. Losing my expander three months after surgery. Seeing myself in the mirror without a breast made it very real. We have to find a cure. Not just for me, but for my family and so many others who are touched by this devastating disease.
If I could do it over again
Worked less and rested more during treatment. Allowed others to help out more. Taken a little more time to look at all the options before starting down the path of treatment.
My participation with FORCE
I connected with a lot of wonderful ladies during Chat-a-thon 2008. It was so wonderful to be able to talk to others that have walked the same road. Some are ahead of me on the road and some behind. I hope that I can help somebody else along the way.
I’m 45 years old and married to a wonderful husband who has been so supportive throughout the past two years. I’m also blessed with a very loving and compassionate son in his early teens. I have a brother who has not yet been tested and a sister who tested negative, both with small children.
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