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Robyn’s Story

29 Jul 2015 by Krystal Barter
Robyn’s Story

<img src="https://pinkhope.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Robyn-Smith.jpg" alt="Robyn Smith" width="720"

My name is Robyn. This is my story.

I am a 34 year old with 2 young daughters (11 months and 3). At 59 my mother had ovarian cancer (in 2012) and because of our family history of breast cancer (and the NO boxes Mum ‘ticked’ to make her high risk for ovarian cancer), she was asked if she’d like to test for the BRCA gene mutation. She did and was positive for BRCA2. I too was tested and also returned positive for BRCA2 in (Feb 2013). My mother’s two siblings have recently found out that they too are positive. One of my cousins is positive and the rest of them have not been tested yet but I’m told they all intend to. Hopefully someone in my family is on the other side of the 50% and is negative for the gene soon!

As part of her ovarian cancer treatment, my mum underwent surgery which means she has now reduced her risk of getting breast cancer. I am now in the process of considering what my risk reduction options are but because I’m still breastfeeding and am mid 30’s, I still have a bit of time. I’ve seen some surgeons, counsellors, doctors and am talking to as many people as I possibly can so that I can gather as much information as I can in order to make the best decision for me and my family.

Even though there is so much uncertainty with everything that surrounds gene mutations, I plan on making an informed decision and backing myself…..I wonder how it will turn out!

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