Theresa Larson, Stockton, California
6-year breast cancer survivor, BRCA1+ May 1010, Fallopian Tube CA October 2010
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I was devastated with my diagnosis of Her2neu +, ER/PR negative, Stage II, grade 3 breast cancer in May 2004. The dose dense treatment I received was particularly difficult. I also received radiation treatment and Herceptin for 52 weeks. The end of treatment was a victory in many ways. I wrote an award-winning series for our newspaper about fighting breast cancer called "My Fight For Life", became a speaker on the subject, and have given away nearly 10,000 reprinted copies of my series to women all over the US. I went on with my life, determined not to look back.
The hardest part of my journey
Watching my sister endure the treatments for ovarian cancer, seeing her fear, and knowing the odds has been terribly difficult for me and the rest of our family. She is doing so well, and today, after treatment, she is cancer free.
If I could do it over again
I would do nothing differently, I feel as though I've made good decisions all these years - with a lot of help and research. I do wish I had paid closer attention to the availability of the BART test. My sister and I could have known earlier we were BRCA1+ and saved us some of the headaches we are experiencing now.
My participation with FORCE
I keep abreast (no pun intended) with news and information, especially the sharing of thoughts, questions and answers from other members. Support of any kind is so crucial. FORCE us great about getting the word out, educating and enlightening the public about this hereditary condition. I still find many doctors (mostly primary care docs) to be very naiive about this mutation and their lack of knowledge could have deadly consequences.
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