Christine B., Minneapolis, MN
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
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Found out about BRCA2+ status less than 6 months ago. Tested because most of the women on father's family side had breast or ovarian, or tested positive. I have had breast cancer. I have managed my risk with increased surveillance, chemo prevention, and a prophylactic mastectomy with TRAM (transvers rectus abdominis muscle) reconstruction.
The hardest part of my journey
Having to (choosing to) be public about such a personal loss.
My participation with FORCE
It hasn’t yet, but I believe it will.
Being candid has been very helpful, although it is also uncomfortable; I have been proactive; I have been divorced two years, have three daughters and am fearful for them, but that is waning; this experience has caused me to allow more people into my life, on a much more personal level; I am ready to take on a leadership role in my family, having been the first in this family circle to test positive.
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