Torie H, Knoxville, TN
I am 44 BRCA2+ and had PO about 5 years ago and BPM with DIEP flap reconstruction about 3 years ago. Best decision ever! I have 3 girls. Enough said.
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My mother, maternal grandmother, maternal aunt and first cousin all died of breast cancer. I knew before I even knew of genetic testing that I would have a prophylactic mastectomy. I want to be around for my girls and their children. My mother died when I was 17 and had already battled it for 4 years. I did not want that to be my path or my girls path.
The hardest part of my journey
People not understanding what I have done and why. Some think that I simply had a boob job. That is very frustrating. Also, initially, I did not feel like I was part of a group. That has changed in a very short period of time. Sometimes it is hard to not be a "survivor". It is difficult to be a pre-vivor. But I am glad I am.
If I could do it over again
I would not change a thing! Still scared sometimes, but nothing like the fear that circled me constantly before the surgery.
My participation with FORCE
I feel like I am not alone and that there are people out there that know exactly where I am coming from. I can always find someone to chat with.
I am more than willing to share my experiences with anyone that has questions or concerns. We all need a catalyst to make that first step. I am here to inform and support not judge.
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