fbpx

Danielle’s Story

06 Feb 2019 by Krystal Barter
Danielle’s Story

My name is Danielle and this is my story.

At the age of 26 I felt a lump in my right breast. I knew straight away that it didn’t feel right. I booked an appointment to see my doctor and after a number of tests I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I had to have a mastectomy on my right breast, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. I then discovered I carry a PTEN Gene Mutation which both of my parents are negative for.

Once I had finished treatment, I waited a year to have a bi-lateral mastectomy/latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction/unilateral reconstruction. The first operation went for 8 hours and then came implants a few months later.

Carrying a PTEN Gene Mutation means I am at an increased risk of getting breast cancer from a young age. There is also a higher risk of me getting thyroid cancer.

On the 25 Jan 2019, I had a preventative thyroidectomy to take charge of my risk and stay in control of my health. It has been an overwhelming journey paved with complicated choices but ultimately I will always choose to take charge and stay informed of my risk.

In November last year I married my beautiful husband Jack. I am so thankful to have the most supportive and loving family surrounding me. They always make sure that I am ok and I have such a wonderful network of friends who never let me forget “it’s going to be fine…”. I’m also so grateful to my incredibly caring GP who ensures that I am always in control of my health mentally and physically.

I want to share my story to help others who may be going through a similar situation – so that they know they aren’t alone and that there is a network of people out there ready to support them.

It’s important to me that a light is shed on the PTEN Gene mutation which is lesser known but so important to be aware of! Pink Hope has given me a platform and a community to share my story with and for that I am thankful and hopeful for the future.

Categories

Follow Us

Latest Posts

@pinkhopeaus

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: API requests are being delayed. New posts will not be retrieved.

There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. New posts will not be retrieved.

There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.