Following my mother and my youngest sister testing positive to the BRCA 2 gene mutation, mid-2015, I also was tested, with a positive result in October 2015. I was 42 at the time. The next few months were a whirlwind for myself and my family, as I went from one medical appointment to another, with my first preventative surgery in November 2015, which was the removal of my ovaries. In the height of surgically-induced menopause, I prepared for my double mastectomy, which took place in early February 2016, with DIEP reconstruction, and reconstructed nipples. This very challenging time of my life was made so much easier by the overwhelming support of my family and friends.
A message from Lindi
It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered Pink Hope, but cannot speak highly enough of the importance of peer support in this crazy journey – access to information, support and people who really do understand does lighten the load, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect and share experiences with others.
My mantra and best advice to others is that there are no right or wrong answers or choices, there should be no regrets, just the freedom to make the choices best for you and your body, and to review your choices at any time, if you need to!