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Sherry, Carrollton, TX/USA

Quick Info About Me

  Voices of Force

Age: 50

DCIS, lumpectomy and radiation, genetic testing, BRCA2 positive, ovaries removed, mastectomy and reconstruction.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Keats

Favorite TV / Movies:
Big Bang Theory

Favorite Quote:
Do or don't, there is no try.

Other favorites?
My husband and my dog have gotten me through the darkest days.

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My journey

I orginally had DCIS and radiation but had the nagging feeling I was missing something. I couldn't get my oncologist to listen, so I changed oncologist and had genetic test because of a lack of family history. I was BRCA2 postive. I had a hysterectomy previously but they had left my ovaries. I had my ovaries removed in Oct 2012 and a complete masctectomy in January 2013. Currently still working on reconstruction due to flap surgery and a replacement of an expander.

The hardest part of my journey

Reconstruction had been a long and painful journey.

If I could do it over again

I would not. I have great doctors and have made the right decision for me. I could not have lived with the worry that it would return and be invasive.

My participation with FORCE

I went to a local conference Force was sponsoring before I made my decision where there were many BRAC positive people. I did not feel alone or that I was the only person that had made this decision. It was comforting and supportive as well as infomative.

Other thoughts

We all need to speak openly about this. If we can save one life, one mother, sister, wife it is worth every discussion we have about our journey.

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