My name is Eloise and this is my story.
I was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation in 2013, aged 23, two days before my 24th birthday! I underwent the first stage of my preventative mastectomy in September 2014, and the final stage in February 2015.
My decision to undertake a preventative mastectomy wasn’t difficult for me, after watching my Mum endure many years of torture from suffering breast cancer, which heartbreakingly took my Mum’s life in May 2015. My Mum told me that she will be forever grateful and at peace knowing that I wouldn’t be affected by the disease, that was taking her from us.
Fast forward to now, my partner and I chose to conceive our children through IVF, to factor out the risk of them being effected by the BRCA1 gene mutation. After a long road, we are overjoyed that I am currently 32 weeks pregnant, with a baby without the BRCA1 gene mutation being passed down from myself!
I was determined to take preventative measures and I believe that knowledge is power, forewarned is forearmed and prevention is the key.