Volunteer Spotlight Archive
My wife, Ziva, tested BRCA1 positive in 2000 and this changed our lives. We embarked on a journey that led to reading the existing studies, interviewing breast and plastic surgeons, risk-reduction surgeries, recoveries, follow ups, more surgeries, and trying to get back to a new normal. We were a BRCA couple.
It was September 30, 2011, and my genetic counselor walked into the exam room. "The good news is that your breast MRI is fine," she said. I knew right away as I replied, "But I have a BRCA mutation."
I asked my 9 year old daughter to write what she knew about her risk of cancer. “I know I am definitely at risk. I love my mom because she is brave and if anything ever happens I’ll still have her.
I first learned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing more than 12 years ago, when my cousin who had breast cancer tested positive for a BRCA mutation.
Amy Byer Shainman
The 2010 FORCE conference provided my sister and me invaluable information that helped us make important life-saving decisions.
When I was alone and scared, FORCE was my life line and being that life line for others has been such a rewarding experience.
Heather Fineman, Chicago Outreach Coordinator
Heather Fineman was 35 when her late mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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