Voices of FORCE

There are so many stories on FORCE and so many members willing to share their experiences. We hope these profiles can help you connect with our community and get advice from people like you!

| More

HBOC Community
Toggle Menu

Mary Tripp, Framingham, MA

Quick Info About Me

  Voices of Force

Age: 45

Diagnosed as BRCA1+ in May, Salpingo Oopherectomy scheduled for December.

Add your Voice

If you'd like to add your own story to our Voices of FORCE pages, please complete our Voices of FORCE form.

My journey

I lost my mother to ovarian cancer when she was only 47. My doctors kept pushing me to do genetic testing. I scheduled and cancelled twice, until I finally went through with it i May. I was shocked by this result! I don't know why, but it never occurred to me that I might have the mutation. After taking a few months to absorb the information, I have scheduled a Salpingo Oopherectomy in December. I'm scared, both of surgipause, and the possibility that I could still end up with cancer, but I feel like it is the right choice. I want to be here for my daughter, who is only 5. I will not let her grow up without me!

The hardest part of my journey

The hardest part is having people say, "Well, you were going to have menopause soon anyway, right?" Of course I was, in a few years, maybe. But to have it forced on you, overnight, under this terrible threat of cancer, is not how I really wanted to experience it.

Connect with others.

Our Chat Room

Our chat room allows you to communicate in real-time with others who have faced similar challenges. Check our chat room schedule to find out which weekly chat is right for you. Or, visit our Message Boards.

Join a Local Group

FORCE has outreach groups throughout the United States and in Essex, United Kingdom that meet periodically to offer peer support, and share resources.

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered