Krystal’s Story

19 Dec 2017 by Krystal Barter

My name is Krystal and this is my story.

I’m 27 years old and a stay at home Mum of three kids under four. My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 27 but over the years became more serious and sadly lost her battle at the age of 36. Her mother (who I never met) also has from what I have been told was diagnosed with breast cancer and sadly lost her battle at the age of 33. My younger sister and I got the genetic testing done in back in 2015 and the results came back that she was negative and I was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

I personally was ok about the results but my partner and my dad struggled with the result and panicked. I’ve had a great support network around me after finding out the results.

I had just found out that I was pregnant with our second son and was advised that I would need to consider finishing my family within the next two to three years and then we could look at the future with what I can do about my health and what precautions I can possibly take.

My partner and I always wanted three children, so six months after our second son was born, we tried again and we had a beautiful baby girl in February this year, our family was finished.

In April, we had another genetic counselling session to start the ball rolling, she advised us on what to next and where to start. Angela was great. Fast forward a few months and late last month I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy & bilateral salpingo-oophorectony done thanks to Dr Stuart Salfinger and his amazing team.

In the next few years I will consider getting a double mastectomy but for now I’m happy with how it all went and look forward to a full future with my loving partner and our amazing children.

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