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Danielle K., New York, NY

Quick Info About Me

 

Age: 29

BRCA1+ building knowledge and weighing my options to make best possible decisions for my future

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

Favorite book / authors:
Currently Colum McCann, Joan Didion...but too many to count in general!

Favorite TV / Movies:
Glee (yes, still!) / Almost Famous / Splash

Favorite Quote:
My grandmother recently reminded me that her favorite aunt always used to say "Everything happens for the best"

Favorite Song:
Summer, Highland Falls - Billy Joel

Favorite Superhero:
My brother was obsessed with Batman...so, Batman?

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My journey

I'm almost 30 and found out I am BRCA1+ a few weeks ago. My 26 year old cousin was blindsided with stage 3 breast cancer in October and found out she is BRCA1+ as a result. This motived me and the rest of our family to get tested. My cousin and I are the first women in our family for a few generations (our paternal great grandmother had breast cancer) so this was not on our radar even though we are Ashkenazi on our fathers' side.

I am planning to have a prophylactic mastectomy within the year and home to have two children by age 36 before removing my ovaries as well.

I am so grateful for my amazingly supportive family, friends and boyfriend who are helping me gather information and make these difficult decisions. I feel so lucky to know my risk now so that I can do everything in my power to ensure a happy and healthy future.

The hardest part of my journey

Knowing that I won't be able to breastfeed when I do have children someday has been a difficult thought to grasp - however I'd much rather have a mastectomy now so that I can be healthy for my future children.

I feel a little guilty that my cousin was blindsided with her breast cancer and that in a way I am "benefitting" from her struggle by knowing my risk as a result. Luckily she is one of the strongest people I know and is doing beautifully.

My participation with FORCE

It is comforting to know there is this community of women with similar experiences, struggles and strengths.

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