Tag: BRCA genetic testing

Harvey: BRCA2 positive and a survivor of male breast cancer

Harvey: BRCA2 positive and a survivor of male breast cancer
Harvey Singer and Vicki Singer Wolf are siblings who have both been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Their family history has been affected by several different types of cancer over the years. Breast cancer has affected their Aunt who was diagnosed in 1988, their mother in 1995 and then 1 month later in 1995, Vicki was... Read more »

Jennifer: The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis while waiting for her BRCA test results

Jennifer is married and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young daughter. Since this was written, Jennifer has completed her mastectomy surgery. She has had a difficult time healing having contracted an infection which resulted in her being hospitalized. She is recovering nicely now and continuing with her treatment.  Written by Jennifer Ward Mitchell When... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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BRCA genetic testing: Angelina Jolie and I have something in common

BRCA genetic testing: Angelina Jolie and I have something in common
All of us at one time or another have life defining or life changing moments. What we do with those moments is up to us and us alone. The moment you decide to have a child. The moment you accept or refuse a marriage proposal. The moment a person commits a crime. Cheats on their... Read more »