Member of the Month – February

20 Feb 2019 by Krystal Barter

Jackie´s Story

In July 2016 I had my 4 year old son, was one month out from my wedding and my second sons first birthday. Life was crazy and then entered a positive BRCA 2 gene mutation. We already knew of 2 maternal aunts who had passed before the age of 50 & 60 and a maternal cousin who kicked the C’s butt!

October was and has been my screening month ever since. Being told they could see something in my 2017 scan was the most frightening moment of my life. It was followed closely by an hour and a half, face down, in an MRI machine. Thankfully it turned out to be nothing of concern.

Fast forward to today and my many mixed emotions in the mastectomy/reconstruction world. Empowered is by far the best word to describe it. Taking control of my life and being in contact with wonderful women who are ready to answer any questions I have no matter how silly I think they may be.

2019 will be my year of fighting back.

‘Being apart of something bigger than yourself’ is what I think of when I talk Pink Hope and that’s what I’ve learnt to live by from this journey.

Sharing my story with the QLD, NSW & VIC teams of the company I work for made my story real for me. I took ownership of it and knowing I’d opened a conversation line within a male dominated industry was a ‘wow’ moment in my life.

A message from Jackie

Have a support network filled with people who will give you opinions and ask you questions based solely on their love and respect for you.

Surround yourself with someone that will be able to tell if you’re in a dark place and pull you out of it without being asked.

Someone who will love you without nipples because loosing them is an amazing story of self love and courage.

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