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Deborah L., Portsmouth, NH

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Age: 25

I Just was tested positive for BRCA1. I am a 3rd generation carrier. Planning for surgeries in the immediate future.

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My journey

I'm 25, married to a very supportive and loving husband of 4 years. I have two beautiful children, a 2 year old boy and 4 month old girl.
My grandmother was diagnosed at 32 of breast cancer and passed at age 36/37. My Mother was diagnosed at 37, who passed in the same way a week after her 40th birthday. She tested (BRCA1+) before she passed away to provide us (her 4 daughters) with whatever the outcome would be. I'm the first out of my sisters to test for this, and I just received my results back tonight. I've been waiting 7 years to test for this, it is so relieving to finally know and be able to fight this once and for all!

The hardest part of my journey

I'm sure there will be other things I add to this as my journey gets going, but for now knowing that I probably won't have any more kids given this information. First and foremost though, knowing the talk I will be having someday with my kids to share with them their risk.

If I could do it over again

I am thankful I am not waiting to get surgery. If there's one thing I have learned, cancer does not come when it's convenient. The sooner the better for everything.

My participation with FORCE

I actually just found this website a few months ago. It's been very comforting to know there are others with the same hopes, fears, physical and emotional needs. What a blessing.

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