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Jean, Rockford, IL

Quick Info About Me


Age: 47

I am BRCA1 positive. Underwent prophylactic surgeries. No family history.

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

Favorite book / authors:
Nicholas Sparks

Favorite TV / Movies:
anything on HGTV or Food Network

Favorite Song:
"Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland

Other favorites?
collecting pink ribbon items.

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My journey

I am 47 years old and married 26 years to my #1 supporter! I have 2 daughters 19 & 23. I am a 5 year breast cancer survivor (Stage 3B ~ lumpectomy/chemo/radiation). I have no family history of cancer or BRCA1+ mutation. My mom and 2 siblings tested negative.

I found out I was BRCA1+ in 2008. I had a complete hysterectomy and bilateral mastectomies. I had immediate reconstruction with expanders followed by implants.

The hardest part of my journey

Knowing that the mutation could be passed on to my daughters. They have not been tested yet.

If I could do it over again

I would have had the testing before I had my initial surgery. I would have had bilateral mastectomies with immediate reconstruction instead of having the issues I have now.

My participation with FORCE

I am so glad to have found friends that understand what BRCA is all about. I have been fortunate to attend two conferences where I learned so much.

Other thoughts

I am working very hard to get a local support group started in my community. I am also very excited that the HBOC bill was passed!! Now more people can be informed and get tested.

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