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Mary Tripp, Framingham, MA

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Age: 45

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

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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.

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