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Laurie, California

Quick Info About Me

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Age: 52

I'm a three year breast cancer surviver with the BRCA gene mutation.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Poisonwood Bible

Favorite TV / Movies:
500 Days of Summer

Favorite Quote:
Fortune Favors the Brave

Favorite Song:
I love Taylor Swift

Other favorites?
I love inspirational quotes, my dad did too! One that helped me through was" Life here is like a wave; if you resist, you will get knocked down... but if you dive right in, you'll come out on the other side."

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My journey

I was diagnosed with stage three triple negative breast cancer in 2012. I also tested positive for the BRCA mutation. I had 4 months of chemo, a double mastectomy and then followed it up with 7 weeks of radiation. I chose no reconstruction after my surgery.

The hardest part of my journey

Two months into my chemotherapy, my dad told me he had stage 4 lung cancer. That was hard, to say the least. My dad lived in Illinois, so I wasn't able to see him until I finished my treatment. I went home the day after my last radiation, I was able to say my goodbyes and he died a week later.

If I could do it over again

My grandmother had died of ovarian cancer in her 80's and we had no family history of breast cancer. I didnt realize I could be at risk. I put off having my yearly exam and instead went in for a mammogram because I was experiencing a lot of pain. My mammogram came back normal so I held off on my annual exam. By the time I actually got into see my OBGYN I had stage 3 cancer. Yikes... Rewind

My participation with FORCE

I didn't find FORCE until now, three years later. It took me a couple years to get over my dads death and my cancer diagnosis and recovery. I'm finally on the other side and I feel like I'm a part of something pretty amazing.

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