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Shirin, New Jersey

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Age: 39

I'm BRCA2+ and have had a BPM and reconstruction.

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My journey

I have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, but I was the first person in my family to get tested. My positive results came as a real surprise to me because I went into testing thinking my risk of testing positive was 1/1000. I started "doing things" right away - I made appointments for my breast MRI, and my ovarian ultrasound, and within months scheduled my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. Candidly, I wasn't emotionally in sync with everything I was doing and planning, and a big part of me still hasn't caught up.

The hardest part of my journey

I wasn't prepared for how much this would impact me emotionally. I struggle to have a positive outlook on this aspect of my life, even though I know that I have been doing all of the "right things" for me. I have been fortunate to see a few friends really stand by my side through this process, but have also had the most disillusioning experience of seeing people and family members be entirely absent throughout this time.

If I could do it over again

I struggle with this question. I know in terms of my health this was the right thing for me. But, I just wish that I felt more positive after my BPM, and about future cancer risks, and my view of myself which has become really tainted by finding out my BRCA status.

My participation with FORCE

Reading people's stories has really provided me with a great deal of strength. I am amazed by people's courage and bravery, and positive outlook on life.

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