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!
I'm 43 and married with one daughter; increased surveillance along with a prophylactic mastectomy and Alloderm One Step reconstruction.
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My mother and aunt had breast cancer, so I decided to test.
Grappling with the oophorectomy. The mastectomy and reconstruction was a decision I had made even BEFORE I tested. I am really struggling with the oophorectomy decisions.
I think I would have done it sooner (testing and surgery) instead of worrying about my breast cancer risk for so long.
I have no words to express what FORCE means to me. There is nowhere else I can go that provides such incredible support, understanding and, in my own opinion, the most up to date and ACCURATE information regarding breast and ovarian cancer. My only regret is not discovering FORCE sooner. It's become my "mission," so to speak, to tell as many people I can about FORCE.
I am happy, ready, willing and able to speak publicly or privately with anyone interested in this journey. I am proud of my choices and happy I made them. I feel more in control now than I ever have in my whole life and I really feel like I have FORCE to thank for that, because knowledge really is power.
I look upon the knowledge that I am BRCA positive as a gift. How many people have that kind of powerful information about their health? There are a myriad of health problems that one can face of which there are no warning, nothing preventative you can do. With this information, I was able to take concrete steps to protect myself from the possibility of one day facing cancer.