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What does it mean to test positive for a BRCA gene mutation?
Many people do not know what BRCA is, or they associate it specifically with BReast CAncer. When in actuality, that is only part of the story. Simply put, testing positive for a BRCA gene mutation means that you are at an increased risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer.
Why did I create this team?
Well, just over a year ago I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. I was tested after my sister, at the age of 26, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I felt very lost and broken when I first got my results. And navigating this diagnosis has been challenging and confusing, to say the least. I have started contemplating decisions that I never thought I’d have to make.
Currently, there are no reliable tests to screen for ovarian cancer. So, for many of us with BRCA, we inevitable feel like ticking time bombs and that at any moment our ovaries could turn on us. And unfortunately, the normal suggested course of action is to remove our lady bits before the age of 40. But what if you don’t have kids yet? And what about early on-set menopause and hormone replacement therapy?
Some women only discover they are BRCA positive after receiving a cancer diagnosis. And unfortunately, since there are no reliable screening measures and symptoms can easily go unnoticed, ovarian cancer is often caught in later stages.
The truth of the matter is, I can’t do anything about testing positive for BRCA1. But I can promise to raise awareness and do everything I can to support this cause. Because whether I like it or not, BRCA is a part of me and I want every woman who has this gene mutation to feel unBRCAble. And ultimately, make this disease beatable for every woman.
Please provide your support by giving generously. Better yet, if you are up for a challenge this September, come out and join me. Together we can make a difference. This team is open to everyone and anyone, regardless of your BRCA status.
BRCA Strong. BRCA Sisterhood.
Let’s be unBRCAble.
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