Inga S., Portage, Mi
Realizing that with 4 beautiful kids, I needed to make some tough choices so that I hopefully can be around for their future, with a brca2 diagnosis
I'm more than my risk… some fun facts about myself:
Favorite book / authors:
Favorite TV / Movies:
Add your Voice
If you'd like to add your own story to our Voices of FORCE pages, please complete our Voices of FORCE form.
My mother passed away form breast cancer after a 6 year battle and no family history on either side. My father passed away at age 54 from a rare transitional cell carcinoma, his mother had passed from breast cancer ( post menopause) . My dad's side of the family was from the Ashkenazi Jewish decent. I decided to get tested after my fourth child was born. At age 32 I learned that I have the BRCA2 gene. I am the only one in my entire family that has the gene, with both sets of grand parents and parents deceased, no one else has ever been tested and there is no history of any cancers on my moms side. At age 33 I underwent a subcutaneous prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, I've had 4 reconstructive surgeries since , but all in all I'm happy with my results.. People are shocked when I tell them that my breasts are not real. All these years in between I've waited to have my bilateral oophorectomy and full hysterectomy . The date is approaching quickly as my surgery is scheduled for this month. I'm nervous and anxious about the BOH , what they'll find during surgery and how will I be after without my hormones,. I'm frustrated that many doctors don't have the answers that I'm looking for, but I will keep searching for myself.......
The hardest part of my journey
The lack of information for BRCA patients.
If I could do it over again
I can't answer this just yet, I definitely would have been tested and had both surgeries,.
My participation with FORCE
Just started, let you know soon
Disclaimer: Health links are made available for educational purposes only. This information should not be interpreted as medical advice. All health information should be discussed with your health care provider. Please read our full disclaimer for more information.
This site has been made possible by a generous grant from Morphotek.