My name is Sharon and this is my story.
My father passed away due to cancer at 32 when I was only 5 weeks old. On my fathers side cancer has affected many family members. On December 3 in 2012 I was diagnosed with triple negative stage 3 aggressive breast cancer. Ten days later I had a partial mastectomy and my surgeon removed a tumor behind my left nipple and the sentinel lymph node and the next node which was all clear. I underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiation which was hard as coming from a rural town I had to be in Melbourne and away from my family as they could only come for a few days at a time. I returned to work as an early childhood educator eight months later.
On April 2 2014 I found out I was BRCA 2 positive while in Melbourne seeing my plastic surgeon and to say it was a shock is an understatement. Life was thrown into a turmoil again as no one understood BRACA. That afternoon after researching BRCA 1 and 2 I came across a site called Pink Hope and also Krystal’s book (Krystal is the founder of Pink Hope). I said to my husband I’m going into the city to buy a book. It was 4.30pm so I jumped on the tram and went straight to Target where I found an entire big display of The Lucky One. With the book in my hands I went back to the motel and didn’t stop reading Krystal’s amazing story.
I am now passionate about Pink Hope and an active Pink Hope Ambassador.We need awareness in Mildura for people like me. I never want anyone to arrive back home to “we don’t know about BRCA or how to help you”.
In July 2014 I had my oophorectomy and I am now waiting for the call to have a double mastectomy/reconstruction. My beautiful children and grand children keep me focused and the reason I fight so hard, they are my loves, my life, my everything.
Unfortunately one daughter and our son have tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene fault. Our eldest daughter is negative. I will be beside them for every decision they need to make to ensure a long and healthy life.
Pink Hope is the light during a very hard journey that will now continue beyond me as my daughter and son are carry the BRCA2 gene fault.