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I’m a previvor and undergoing surveillance. No family history.

I wear a pink crystal and diamond supergirl "S" pendant. My amazing husband gave it to me after my mastectomy and told me it was because I was his super woman!

With 5,000 songs on my Ipod – there’s just no way to pick.

Buy the ticket, take the ride. Hunter Thompson.

Anything by Quentin Tarantino or Tim Burton for my quirky side.

I read 4 or 5 books a week! It's my passion - From Dr. Seuss to Hunter Thompson.

I lost my Mom (BRCA1+) in 2005 after she battled breast cancer for 15 years. Today I run an online shop in her memory - www.annettesangels.com. Pink and of course pink and teal products with 50% of the profits going to FORCE.

FORCE needs to get the word out there with Public Service Announcements,
educational materials and press coverage about HBOC. It costs money to drive awareness so I hope others can join me with personal fundraising efforts.

I found FORCE in 2006 when a doctor handed me a brochure. I am lucky enough to own my own business so I had some time to volunteer. Today I am the Vice President of the Board and consider my association with FORCE to be the most amazing thing I have done. Every time I speak with someone who has just found us and hear the relief in their voice that someone “gets it”, it makes it all worthwhile.

I’m not sure if I would have done reconstruction. I am happy with my results but it was a long process and ultimately – I really miss the sensation so while I look good – it’s more surface. I don’t though regret it - but have considered that no reconstruction might have been the way to go.

I miss the sensation in my breasts. I look good - but I still I know I'm not the same. Having three surgeries in 2 years really took so much time - it was like taking a "life" break. All my focus was there.

I'm 47, married 22 years to an amazing man. I don't have any kids (by choice) but I do have two sisters who gave me two beautiful nieces ? 16 and 19 and a wonderful nephew who just turned two. Both my sisters are BRCA negative and I am sooo thankful for that.

I'm Ashkenazi (on my mom's side) and Italian descent on my Dad's. I found out about my BRCA1+ status in 2005. I tested because my mom, aunts and grandmother all got breast cancer early (pre-menopausal). I've had a hysterectomy and prophylactic mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction. I'm a previvor!

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