Stacey K, Wisconsin
I'm married with two daughters - Lauren, 4 and Ava Grace, 2. BRCA1+, Prophylactic surgeries: oopherectomy and bilateral mastectomy.
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
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My biological mother had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her sister had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer years earlier. Upon futher questioning, I learned that my biological grandmother and four of her sisters had breast cancer, so I decided to get tested.
The hardest part of my journey
The hardest part of my journey has been not having any female family members to support me through this.
If I could do it over again
Nothing. Soon after my test results, I got engaged, had my prophylactic mastectomies at age 30 (or was I 31?), then got married, then had one daughter and another daughter two years later, then had my oophorectomy at 36. I will turn 38 in two days.
I have been an oncology nurse for the last 13 years. I think God steered me toward that profession for many reasons. It saved my life. If I was a lay person who heard that my birthmother and birthaunt both had ovarian cancer, I'm not sure that I would have known to put two and two together.
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