Tag: BRCA

Nipples: Part deux

Well, I know you are all waiting, holding your breath as to what my decision was regarding my nipple dilemma. Seriously I pray none of you actually gave it a thought today but if you did I have an announcement to make: I chose Option 1. Why you ask? Well, I’m happy to tell you.... Read more »

Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy

Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy
Think of the tune from “Bye Bye Birdie” while reading this as that’s how I’ve been searching for humor in this odyssey that began in June. Only sub the word “boobies” instead of “birdie”. It’s quite catchy. Last Tuesday I underwent a bilateral double mastectomy with the first stage of reconstruction. It’s a fancy way... Read more »

The end of the BRCA series: a wrap up

Wow, what a month. When I first decided to do a series on the BRCA gene I really didn’t realize what was involved. Looking back I will never regret a second of it. But I do have some thoughts on the month. First, my guest posters. My amazing, brave group of women (and one man!)... Read more »
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Cancer: a time to realize who your friends really are

This whole month my blog has been devoted to raising awareness about the genetic mutation known as BRCA. Each weekday I had a guest post appear, written by someone who is also afflicted with this gene. I wanted to help people. I wanted to alert people to get tested and take necessary action to prevent... Read more »

Jan: BRCA1 positive and feeling like a ticking time bomb

Jan is a Language industry professional, wife and mother of two. She hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Written by Jan  “It’s okay, Mom, maybe they’ll grow back!” My eight year old daughter’s words of hope in 2011 after our girl-to-girl chat. I explained that since breast cancer runs in my genes, I was contemplating preventive... Read more »

Amy: BRCA1 positive and the increased risk for those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent

Amy: BRCA1 positive and the increased risk for those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
Got Risk?…like Angelina? My BRCA Story AMY BYER SHAINMAN 2010 was a very difficult year for me and my family.  However, from my experience I learned great lessons of self-worth, beauty, and empowerment. I know that I am greater than the sum of my parts. I underwent two prophylactic (preventative) surgeries.  In March of 2010,... Read more »
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Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy

Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy
Many of the women that you have read about this month are a bit older. Yet, there are thousands of young women now facing the knowledge that they must be tested and may be BRCA positive. I have my own two daughters 25 and 23 that will undergo testing. Having an organization that supports these... Read more »

Joanna: BRCA1 positive and never a doubt how to handle it

Joanna: BRCA1 positive and never a doubt how to handle it
Joanna Montgomery is a blogger for The Huffington Post. This story appeared on July 16, 2013. Since that time Joanna has undergone a mastectomy which she wrote about in this story. It touched me so, I contacted her and she agreed to have this post appear on my blog. She refers to herself as a... 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 »
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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 »