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I'm 25 and single with a six year old daughter. My ethnic background is Icelandic/ Ukrainian. I'm BRCA 1 positive.
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Found out about BRCA1+ status 6 months to 1 year ago. Tested because my Mom was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 1999, tested positive for the BRCA mutation, and passed away in 2001. My Aunt (my Mom's sister) was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20's and it was terminal. She also tested positive for the mutation and passed away in 2004. I have not had cancer. I am two weeks out of having my PBM with skin-sparing DIEP reconstruction and couldn’t be happier. I will continue increased screening for ovarian cancer as I would like to have more children. But after that I will be going down the prophylactic surgery road again.
The hardest part of my journey was finding out my results. After my results it became more of a reality. It's also brought up a lot of feelings I had about my Mom's death.
I wouldn't do anything differently than I am now. I feel empowered with the knowledge I have been given. For my Mom and my Aunt, the knowledge wasn't available till it was too late. Now I have knowledge that I will someday share with my daughter and future children.
FORCE and the wonderful people that are a part of FORCE have been my rock through this ongoing journey. The knowledge I have attained here has been amazing. The feedback from others who have been or are in my situation reminds me that I am not alone and that we can make it!
I am funny and charismatic, I love to read, spend time with my daughter and friends and family. I am a normal, single 25-year-old who loves life!!!