Tag: BRCA genetic mutation

Kim: BRCA1 and overcoming unimaginable heartache

OUR STORY: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN KILL YOU!!! Written by Kim Lavarello I still recall looking at my twin sister’s wig, retired to it’s box, after her hair had finally reached a length where she was comfortable being seen without it.  All I could think was, “will I too be wearing that thing one day?” We... Read more »

Galia: BRCA2 positive. How a home DNA test changed her life

Galia is the Production Manager for KLRU-TV, the PBS affiliate in Austin, Texas and home to the world-renowned Austin City Limits television show. Galia also produced Lone Star Emmy-nominated SXSW Flashback 2012 and 2013, interviewing, among others, the Deadliest Catch captains and Grumpy Cat. When she’s not at work, she enjoys Cardinals baseball, volunteering with... Read more »

Angie and Amy: twin sisters BRCA positive and together on the plight of their lives

Angie Lucchi is a 35 year old mom of a 6 year old boy and 8 year old girl. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 10 years and is a pharmaceutical representative. Angie graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Life Science from Kansas State University. Angie resides in... 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 »