Annie G, Mooresville, NC
Diagnosed w/endometrial cancer 11 years ago;BC 1st time in 1992; BC came back, other side in 1998. Found Sue & FORCE, and genetic testing.
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I found FORCE in 1998--learned about genetic testing from Sue & tested neg for BRCA 1&2, but geneticist tested for 1 more thing- Lynch II, which I tested positive for the MSH2 strain, which is high risk (80%) for colon cancer,breast(both BRCAs)bone, endometrial, uterine,bladder,kidney,brain,prostate cancers.I had my coloectomy w/ileorectal anastemosis. I received ALL my support for everything from FORCE and my sisters here, and I loved them all.
The hardest part of my journey
Still hard. I was given 5 years, have made it to 11 (in large part thanks to genetic testing). I' had a double mastectomy, lymph nodes removed, endometrial removal, hysterectomy, oophosalpingorectomy (sp?), colectomy with ileorectomy, and the Gamma Knife Brain surgery on a meningioma. Finally I got so my primary care physician thought I should not be working and wrote me out on disability.
If I could do it over again
Yes, I would not have reconstruction at any point. I'd have my hysterectomy, etc....all in the beginining, and my PBM all at the first cancer diagnosis. And genetic testing as soon as I heard about it.
My participation with FORCE
FORCE has kept "my cheese from slipping off my cracker" several times, although I would recommend counseling for most women going through counseling, or a peer group face-to-face. FORCE was my daily salvation!
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