Member of the Month – July

17 Jul 2018 by Krystal Barter

Kristy´s Story
When I was 35 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was an aggressive non hormonal type (Triple Negative). My family has a history of ovarian and prostate cancer and with my diagnosis I qualified to be tested for some genetic mutations and I came back as having a mutation in my BRCA1 gene.

In the past year I have endured 15 rounds of chemo, two surgeries which consisted of a double mastectomy and reconstruction using a donor flap of back muscle (Lat dorsi) and implant.

July is my one year cancerversary and what a year it has been.

A message from Kristy
Knowledge is power and with the help of Pink Hope I sprinkle that everywhere I go now, I have found that my education from having this gene mutation has had a ripple effect and I have connected a few woman to Pink Hope and if that saves just one person, it’s all been worth it.

Pink Hope has connected me to a network of woman in the same boat as me, instead of feeling like I was sinking, the Pink Hope community has sailed along with me, supporting me at every turn, I feel like breast cancer has been a silver lining because without it I would not have known my high risk of developing ovarian cancer, the silent killer.

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