As a child I grew up with stories of our strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, mum was convinced that one day she would be next, it was just the expected norm in our family.
Mum was right she did get breast cancer and then 10 years later ovarian cancer, it was then that mum had genetic testing which confirmed she was positive for the BRCA 1 gene.
I decided I didn’t want to wait to see if one day I might be next so decided to have genetic testing also and at 12 weeks pregnant with my seventh child I was delivered the news that I also had tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene, it confirmed what I already suspected. For me, knowledge is power, I wanted to be in control, I didn’t want to accept that one day I would get cancer, and through genetic testing and Pink Hope I have been given back this control as I plan to have preventive surgery next year after I finish breast feeding.
A message from Melanie
The Pink Hope community are like a second family to me, they are truly amazing and have been so supportive throughout my journey and I would like to thank Pink Hope for this and also the knowledge they have given me. Pink Hope do an amazing job of raising awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and are helping to save lives to help future generations.