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Linda M., Fort Bragg, California

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Age: 50

I'm 50, and married with four kids. I'm BRCA2 positive.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Charlotte's Web

Other favorites?
I love the children's book, "Charlotte's Web." It's such a beautifully simple book about life.

The celebrity I would love to meet is Ellen DeGeneres. She is such a genuine and funny lady.

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My journey

Found out about BRCA2+ status between 6 months to 1 year ago. Tested because my paternal Grandmother and sister had breast cancer. Father had colon and kidney cancer. I have had breast cancer twice – two primaries. Had an OOPH/ hysterectomy, and a failed TRAM reconstruction.

The hardest part of my journey

Telling my children I had cancer, both times. Chemo was NO picnic!

If I could do it over again

I would have had a bilateral mastectomy the first time.

Other thoughts

I believe my five surgeries in 15 months were for a reason. Because of them, I learned I am BRCA2+ and now my siblings, children and grandchildren have the knowledge to make decisions about their health.

I have four phenomenal children and three beautiful granddaughters, who I plan to watch grow up!

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