I have two children ages 4 and 21 months. I found out I was BRCA1 positive about 4 years ago, 3 months after my first child was born.
I had a strong *paternal* history of both breast and ovarian cancers. My grandmother died of ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed at age 45 and passed away at 55. Her daughter, my aunt, had breast cancer at 37. She had a mastectomy and is a survivor. I am the only one of my 2 other sisters with the mutation. I have also had a cousin test (her mom was the one who had breast cancer) and she too was negative.
I am an active member in my local FORCE group and have met some really terrific ladies along my journey.
I had the prophylactic mastectomy January 2012 and the hysterectomy/oophorectomy December 2012. I am currently on the minivelle estrogen patch at the low dose of .0375. I take the lowest does possible because I also have a mild blood clotting disorder but that can be combated by healthy eating and exercise for the most part. I have never been diagnosed with cancer.
I was into fitness my whole life until I had children then the surgeries and sort of let myself go for about 4 years. I'm just finding my way back and have been at it solid and clean eating for exactly a year now and was able to lose 30 pounds in one year!
thinks Megghan did
a fabulous job!!!!