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Elana Krutoff, Voorhees, NJ

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Age: 39

I found out at 24 that I am BRCA1+ and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at 38.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Wonder

Favorite TV / Movies:
Scandal, Luther, The Wire

Favorite Song:
Uncle John's Band

Favorite Superhero:
Jessica Jones

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My journey

My mom was first diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at 35, again at 39, and once again at 71. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at 38, just two weeks after my mom's third diagnosis. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters who were amazing through this journey. After eight rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction, I am finally starting to feel like myself again. Through this journey I have made amazing friendships that span the globe and will last a lifetime. It may have been one of the hardest years of my life, but I am stronger for it.

The hardest part of my journey

Watching my girls grow over the last year and not being able to participate as much as I wanted to at times was so difficult. When I was too weak to give my baby a bath, or even put her to bed because I became anemic during chemo. Or not picking them up from daycare for fear of being exposed to all the germs. Or when I had to miss out on events with friends because I just wasn't up to it. It feels as though the last year happened to someone else sometimes. And of course, the fear that the cancer could come back is always in the back of my mind.

If I could do it over again

I'm not sure that I would - other than maybe have had a prophylactic double mastectomy in my 20s to avoid ever having to go through this at all.

My participation with FORCE

It's always nice to know the support system is there.

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