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Elizabeth Hopkins , ft lauderdale , florida

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Age: 32

diagnosed with a positive BRCA 2 analysis. Elected skin/nipple sparing bilateral mastectomy with 2 stage reconstruction at age 32.

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

Favorite book / authors:
I have lived a thousand years by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Favorite TV / Movies:
The Coal Miner's Daughter

Favorite Quote:
Assumption is the mother of all disasters!

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My journey

Lost paternal grandmother to breast cancer, lost paternal first cousin at 39 to invasive breast carcinoma, lost my father from pancreatic cancer at age 17, diagnosed with a positive BRCA 2 analysis. Elected skin/nipple sparing bilateral mastectomy with 2 stage reconstruction at age 32.

The hardest part of my journey

Recovery was difficult as a single mother and aspiring medical student as well as facing the possibility that my daughter may one day have to endure an invasive procedure such as a mastectomy is perhaps more worrisome than enduring it yourself.

If I could do it over again

No, no regrets!!! Dr. Becker and Dr. Moncrief are the best!!!

My participation with FORCE

I hope my voice offers hope and guidance to those who need it.

Other thoughts

I am currently interning with the plastic surgeon who performed my reconstruction and encourage others to reach out to him because he is truly gifted. My new breasts look better now than the reals ones ever did and I do not have to worry about breast cancer anymore. I will be having my ovaries screened later this week!

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