Bethanie, Columbia , SC
Found out I was BRCA 2 positive December, 2009. Currently planning on DM with reconstruction in Charleston.
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I am a single mom of 3 teenagers. I was adopted and met my birth mother at age 22. She told me there was a strong family history of Breast Cancer in the family. She died 8 years later. My maternal GM, maternal great grandmother, and several maternal great aunts and cousins had been diagnosed in their 40's or 50's. I was not around to see their struggle with breast cancer. Since age 22 when I found my biological mom I have been able to report to MD's that I have a strong family history, but not much more.
The hardest part of my journey
Right now it's the people around me that don't understand why I would cut off two perfectly good breasts. They are like, "Yea, but you don't have cancer, yet, right?"m "that would be like getting a heart transplant just because my family has a history of heart disease.
If I could do it over again
I am not there yet.
My participation with FORCE
I am currently looking for support and networking. This is only 3 months in for me.
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