Tell us a little about yourself.
Tell us about your journey with breast cancer.
Can you talk about your journey with genetic testing?
My primary care physician initially asked me about genetic testing many years ago; nearly 5 years before I actually made the decision to have the test. I brushed him off and promised to follow up with him about the screening soon. Five years later at an OB-GYN appointment, after reviewing my family history, the physician's assistant was incredibly persistent about me being screened. I tried to push it off again, but I'm so glad that I decided to take the test. The blood draw only took a couple of minutes and it's changed my life in the best way.
How did you feel when you first began considering preventative surgeries?I was so nervous when making the decision because although it felt like the right decision, it seemed like something that only white women were doing. In my research (via Google), I didn't see anyone that looked like me that considered/was considering preventative surgery the best option. Once my family and I decided that having prophylactic surgeries was the best decision for us, I felt confident and sure. I was excited about the chance to give cancer a black eye! I purposely didn't share with many people and kept my circle small during my journey. There were still friends that did not think the surgeries were a good idea, but I consider it a personal decision. It is a decision that I made with my family in mind and one I do not regret.
Where have you found comfort and support?
What advice would you give to other women who may be going through a similar experience?
If you are concerned about your family history of breast cancer, you can speak to your GP who may refer you to a Family Cancer Clinic for further information about your risk and the role of genetic testing.
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