My name is Nicole and I found out I had the BRCA 1 gene when I was 25 years old. For the next 5 years I underwent screening at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. At 30 years old I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I decided to have a double mastectomy and underwent 6 months of chemotherapy. I finished chemo 6 months ago and I am finally feeling happy and healthy again!
1. What words of wisdom do you carry with you each day from your Mother?
My Mother has always been very vigilant with her health. As soon as she found out we carry the BRCA 1 gene in our family she went straight to the doctor and got tested. After she found out she was positive for the gene she had a hysterectomy and they discovered cancer cells in her fallopian tubes. Without her quick judgement and decision making she may not be here today. If she had not shared her health history with her family, I would not have known to have regular screenings and would not have discovered the cancer as quickly as I did. My Mum is an incredible role model and I look up to her for guidance and advice each and every day.
2. What words of wisdom do you have for women today?
To be proactive about your health and share your health history. If cancer or another illness is prevalent in your family, you should share this information with them and go to your GP for advice on what to do next.
3. Do you have a message that you would like to share on Mother’s day for the Pink Hope community?
Many of my beautiful Pink Hope friends are without their Mother’s today and I just want to let them and all women in Pink Hope who no longer have their Mother’s with them that I am thinking of them. Those who are still lucky enough to have their Mum’s should love and cherish them every day, not just on this special day. There are so many incredible and beautiful women in this community, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.