Tag: BRCA gene

Vuokko: BRCA2 positive and living where health care is deemed excellent

Vuokko is almost 35. She has two great kids, aged 3 and 1. She lives in Finland with her British husband who she married in 2009. She works as a liaison person in a medical supply company. She studied in the US after high school for 4 years on a basketball scholarship. All in all, she considers... Read more »

Geralyn: BRCA positive yet insurance will not cover her life saving procedure

Geralyn is a 58 year old two time breast cancer survivor. She lives in St. Charles, Il with her husband Mike. She has a daughter Jenny, 32 and son Michael, 25. In 2010 she returned to school to become an aesthetician and focus on cancer patients. In 2011 she started a facial program at the... Read more »

Raechel: BRCA1 positive and wanting to live for her daughter

Raechel is a 27 year old single mom to Amazing Abby (2 1/2 years old). She works as a Credentialing Coordinator @ Medestar Locum Tenens in Dallas, Texas.  She is a self described BRCA Warrior; a Thriving Spirit. Written by Raechel Oliver My name is Raechel, I am 27 years old and I am BRCA1 positive. I... Read more »
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Bryna: BRCA 2 positive. A lifetime of tough decisions at only 36 years old

Bryna Siegel Finer teaches writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She is BRCA2 positive and is an active member of the Pittsburgh FORCE group.  She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their son, and blogs at bloggingbrca.wordpress.com. She is one of the youngest women we have telling her story.  Written by Bryna Siegel Finer In 2005,... Read more »

Jan: BRCA positive but 5 kids and 10 grandkids is a lot to live for

Jan is 62 years young She is a retired nurse and married to who she refers as the most wonderful man (lucky gal!!).  They have 5 kids and 10 grandchildren. Written by Jan Price  No one knows what their life will be in 10 years, 5 years , 2 years or tomorrow. My story is... Read more »

Eva Moon and the Mutant Diaries: humor in the face of a BRCA diagnosis

Eva Moon and the Mutant Diaries: humor in the face of a BRCA diagnosis
Eva Moon is a performing artist, writer and mutant. Like Angelina Jolie, she has the BRCA1 genetic mutation. A believer in the healing power of laughter, music and sharing, she wrote a one-woman musical about her experiences called “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” which she performs around the US. Find out more at MutantDiaries.com. She lives... Read more »
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Michelle: Strength and hope dealing with the BRCA1 mutation

Michelle: Strength and hope dealing with the BRCA1 mutation
Michelle Kennedy is BRCA1 positive. She is a Senior Mortgage Loan Processor, wife and mother to her three sons. She had her hysterectomy/BSO (removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries) just a few weeks ago.  To read the entire BRCA series click here. By Michelle Kennedy My mom fell ill when I was 15 years old.... Read more »

Diane: BRCA negative but breast cancer still runs in her family

Diane: BRCA negative but breast cancer still runs in her family
This is our first in a series of guest posts that we will present to you throughout the month of October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My goal is to raise awareness of the BRCA gene and how testing for this can save your life. Introducing our first amazing woman: Diane is an... Read more »

The BRCA gene: Affecting lives and its ability to save them. A series.

The BRCA gene: Affecting lives and its ability to save them. A series.
October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s impossible to miss it – everywhere we see pink. We talk about finding cures, we walk. We fund raise and we hope. Yet, not enough attention has been paid to the genetics of breast cancer. This month, my blog will be devoted to raising awareness regarding the genetic... Read more »
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Breast cancer round two: early detection is the key to surviving

Breast cancer round two: early detection is the key to surviving
Recently I wrote about my visit to the oncologist.  I wrote about how happy I was. I wrote about how grateful I was. What I forgot to mention was that I had yet to get my annual mammogram. Without that piece of information I was able to pretend that breast cancer would never invade my... Read more »