I was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene 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 her life in May, 2015. I was determined to take preventative measures, forewarned is forearmed and my Mum told me that she will be forever grateful and at peace knowing 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. After a long road, we are overjoyed that I am currently 32 weeks pregnant, with a baby without the BRCA1 gene being passed down from myself.
1. What words of wisdom do you carry with you each day from your Mother?
Life is like learning to surf, sometimes you get knocked around, sometimes the road is a little bumpy, just like learning to ride a wave and sometimes it is smooth sailing. If you are patient and realise the trying times are those that help to further build your character this will aide in your success.
2. What words of wisdom do you have for women today?
Try and leave the world a better place than when you found it.
3. Do you have a message that you would like to share on Mother’s day for the Pink Hope community?
Hold those you love tightly, love them fiercely and don’t get caught up in the small stuff, enjoy EVERY moment!