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Lisa J, Charlotte, NC

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Age: 44

BRCA 1 positive Father was a carrier of the gene. Lost 3 paternal Aunts to Breast, Uterine and Ovarian cancer

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My journey

I found out from my cousin that the BRCA mutation was detected in my fathers side of our family. My Dad's youngest sister passed away in December 2014 after a long battle with Breast, Ovarian and finally Colon cancer. Her family sent a letter to the family members advising of the mutation. At first, I didn't consider getting tested because I did not think it could be passed to me from my Father but I was very wrong. My sister was tested and came back negative. She begged me to get it done just for piece of mind. In April of this year, I found out that I did indeed carry the BRCA 1 mutation.And so my journey began...

The hardest part of my journey

The hardest part of my journey was dealing with the fact that I may have passed this mutation down to my 2 little girls. I struggle with this every day.I hope and pray that I have not passed it on to them. However, I know that knowledge is power, and they will have the knowledge to make choices in their own journey if necessary. I also know that because of the choices that I have made in lowering my risks with this mutation that I will be around to support them through it.

If I could do it over again

I probably would have tested sooner. I just didn't understand what it really was and how it would impact my life.

My participation with FORCE

Yes, it has been such a comfort to read other womens stories and know what options are out there for us. Knowing that you have this mutation is very scary, but it is comforting to know that you are not alone. It's also wonderful to read about the research being done and all of the clinic trials out there.

Other thoughts

Having a genetic mutation is not an automatic death sentence. Let's face it..None of us are getting out of this thing alive. :O)
Your life will change.But there are options out there and whatever choice you make is personal. Don't let anyone decide for you how to deal with this. Explore your options and take your time if need be to make the right decision for YOU.

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