Tag: BRCA1

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 »

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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Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children

Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children
I am a 33 year old wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and Regional Manager for multi-family housing.  I enjoy cooking, baking, going to garage sales, shopping, and watching NFL (go Colts!) and college basketball (go IU!). Written by Elaisa Trendelman I like to laugh and if I can make others laugh then I feel... 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 »

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 »
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Sally: A mastectomy discovered what mammograms and MRI's missed

My name is Sally Pietig. I also carry the BRCA1 gene. I’m a wife, mother, sister, dental hygienist and I have breast cancer at 34 years old. Here is my story… By Sally Pietig My mom had breast cancer when she was 38(alive now at 62)and her sister died at 54 of ovarian cancer. Neither... Read more »

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 »
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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 »