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Jessie Swisher, Wamego, KS

Quick Info About Me

 

Age: 29

I am BRCA 2 positive and had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy February 6, 2013.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Dan Brown, Nicky Charles, I love to read. There is too many authors to list.

Favorite TV / Movies:
The Walking Dead, The New Girl, Catch and Release, The Notebook

Favorite Quote:
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not ~Dr. Seuss ; Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Favorite Superhero:
Wolverine (self healing)

Other favorites?
I love to run!! I enjoy obstacle courses and fun runs with my friends. I also love to shop, play at the park with my boys, photography, and scrap booking.

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My journey

I have a wonderful husband and two amazing boys. I found out about my family BRCA 2 mutation about a year prior to me finding out about my results. I was fairly confident in knowing I would have a PBM if I had the mutation. After getting the results in June 2012, I started the process immediately. In October 2012, I was given my confirmation I was doing the right thing. I had an abnormality on my mammogram and MRI and had a needle biopsy. It took 3 days for the results. The longest days of my life. The results were negative, but I knew then I would not wait for the results to be cancer.

The hardest part of my journey

The emotions that followed surgery. I expected I would handle surgery no problem since I have been confident in my decision. I have had good days and bad days since surgery. It is an emotional process, but I can look back and say it was worth it.

If I could do it over again

I would allow my body more of a change to rest. I pushed myself a lot after surgery, expecting myself to feel better than I did. I was nauseous for the first 3-4 weeks, had my drains for over 4 weeks, and took over 9 weeks for my incisions to heal, which caused my expansion process to be placed on hold for the first 9 weeks. Although, this process has had it's share of minor complications. I would do it all over again. I don't regret my decision at all.

My participation with FORCE

Participating in the FORCE community has helped tremendously! I met an amazing woman through the FORCE community, who is my age and had surgery for her PBM the day before mine. Although we have never met in person, we have been a great support system for each other. We have been there when one feels, down, discouraged, and when we have been excited for each other for the small victories we had during our recovery process. I have definitely met a lifetime friend!

Other thoughts

I gained a lot of knowledge from reading other woman's blogs who have been through this process before me. I am grateful for all the women who have shared their stories. Here is the link to my story:
http://www.jswishbrca.blogspot.com/

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