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Susie Goldenberg

Susie Goldenberg

Growing up, I heard many stories about my maternal grandmother’s struggles with breast cancer. She lost her battle at the age of 37 when my mother, an only child, was only 16. My mom taught me at an early age about performing self-exams. She was a worrier and constantly reminded me to take care of myself.

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Marisol Rosas

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. At that time, I was single and eager to ignore this information. But it was always in the back of my mind.

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Paul Kredow

 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. 

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Kate Downey Berges

 Family and sunshine warmed my kitchen table one Sunday morning in May of 2009.  Shared laughter and stories were suddenly interrupted by a serious look on my uncle’s face: He informed us that his daughter, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, had tested positive for a BRCA mutation and that her genetic counselor had suggested our family should also be tested.

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Julie Klein

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."

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Rachel Householder

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. 

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Marisol Rosas

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.

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Amy Byer Shainman

The 2010 FORCE conference provided my sister and me invaluable information that helped us make important life-saving decisions. 

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Tara Freundlich

When I was alone and scared, FORCE was my life line and being that life line for others has been such a rewarding experience.

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Heather Fineman, Chicago Outreach Coordinator

Heather Fineman was 35 when her late mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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