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Inga S., Portage, Mi

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Age: 39

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:
The breathing series

Favorite TV / Movies:
Sixteen candles

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My journey

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

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