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Jen Ford Johns, Hagerstown, Maryland

Quick Info About Me

 

Age: 35

My older sister took me on a woman's retreat weekend to give me a break from my responsibilities & to get this off my mind.

I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:

Favorite Quote:
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"

Favorite Song:
Any Taylor Swift song my girls are singing

Favorite Superhero:
My 2 year old son dressed as Spiderman

Other favorites?
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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My journey

My journey with breast cancer started about 16 years. While in my senior year of high school my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. My world seemed to crumble. Witnessing her battle with breast cancer was very difficult for our family. But we've always had a strong faith in our God. Some how God gave my mother this amazing strength & she got through it. Many years later....I'm extremely proud to say that she's a breast cancer survivor!

So now after many years of my mom asking me to have genetic testing done, I did and found out I'm positive for a genetic mutation BRCA2. My mother is also positive. My family history includes my great grandmother, great aunt, uncle and my mother who have all had breast cancer. My mother is positive BRCA2 also. After, crying to my husband a lot and reading a ton of books, blogs and articles, after many tests, much prayer I've decided the best thing for me is surgery. In the fall I will undergo a prophylactic mastectomy! I have three precious, beautiful children (2 girls and a boy 7, 4, 2) I've been given everything....and I don't want to take a "chance" with cancer!

The hardest part of my journey

Being told that my children have a 50% chance of inheriting this gene mutation BRCA2 from me. Also, seeing the look on my husbands face when we first started having conversations about all this. He wanted so badly to change all this for me. I hate seeing him so upset.

If I could do it over again

This is a difficult question....No because if I never found out that I was positive I would never have had an option. I believe that I will get breast cancer so I feel blessed to have this information and some control.

My participation with FORCE

Reading other peoples stories and being able to relate to them. Going through this journey and knowing I'm not alone because there are so many people walking a similar road.

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