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On January 14, 2009 I found out that I carry the BRCA 1 gene. I tested for the gene because my best friend suggested that I participate in a study of Jewish women and the BRCA gene. I had no intention of doing it. She said "do it for me" so I did. I am grateful to for this gift of this knowledge and her friendship. My paternal grandmother and maternal great aunt had breast cancer (my grandmother passed away at age 94 and my great aunt in her late 70s both causes of death were not cancer). I lost my Mom and Grandfather to Leukemia. I have not had cancer. I had a full hysterectomy on my 35th birthday (April 6/09) and I had a PBM with immediate reconstruction using alloderm on July 28, 2009.
Waiting for surgery dates!! Exploring all of my surgical options and deciding what was best for me.
I would have done nothing different. I feel blessed knowing this information. I am lucky to be married to an amazing man who is extremely supportive of me, my health and the decision that we have had to make.
I have found that reading about other people's experience, reading the message boards and connecting with other BRCA women helped me prepare myself for my surgeries.
My beautiful, amazing, strong mom passed away after a challenging battle with Leukemia in October 2007. I never thought that the BRCA gene would be something that would affect me. After watching what my mom went through I don't want to fight that fight. I feel lucky that I greatly diminished my risks of developing breast and ovarian cancers by doing surgery.
The knowledge of my BRCA status has been empowering it allowed me to change the course of my history. It was a few months of hard times for a life time of good times. As I went through the many doctors appointments and recoveries from the surgeries I tried to be the best mom, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend. I took care of myself by taking it easy and followed my doctors orders and had smooth recovery and was able to run 10km 6 weeks after both surgeries (with better time then I had pre-surgery).