Welcome to my blog! I have decided to launch an independent campaign which benefits the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. My mission is give breast cancer survivors and previvors a voice and a creative space to have meaningful conversations about breast cancer, while creating a simple and direct way to fund breast cancer research.
I chose this word because of it’s meaning.
noun. heart – chest – bust
adjective. intimate – close – familiar
When I think about the women in my life who have been impacted by breast cancer, one word comes to mind….and that word is brave. I wanted my own space this year where I could face my fears through creativity and humor, as I made difficult decisions about my health and my future. My hope is that sharing my story helps others to have the bravery to write, invent, create, share, and educate.
When I was 25 years old, I discovered that I have up to an 85% lifetime risk of having breast cancer, and up to 40% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer when I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. This mutation was passed from my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother to me. My great grandmother and grandmother died because of this mutation, and my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer in her early thirties.
For six whole years, I had a plan. I went in for mammograms and MRI’s every six months. I told myself that if I did get cancer, at least we would catch it early. As time went on, it became more difficult for me to make my screening appointments, and to wait for the results. This year, I decided to stop waiting. This year I had a mastectomy.
There are so many women out there who are braver than I had to be. So I thought I’d muster the courage to tell my story – and maybe help others in the process.