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Sammy’s Story

18 Apr 2016 by Krystal Barter
Sammy’s Story

My name is Sammy and this is my story.

When I was 18 my Nana passed away from breast cancer and after attending her funeral my Mum and I made a family tree of all the women in the family and discovered there were a staggering 13 women who have had breast cancer just on my Mums side!

Mum and I had previously discussed this, but we didn’t realise how many women there were. My Mum had a double mastectomy at the age of 30 after been diagnosed with breast cancer. I then got in contact with a cousin and after two years of tests and agonising waits we found the breast cancer gene mutation in our family. I then had several chats with my partner, my Mum, Dad and Genetic Counsellor to make the decision to have genetic testing.

It came back positive and I have the BRCA1 gene mutation.

I had mentally prepared myself for this result and in a way I find myself lucky that I know my condition so I can make the best decision for my health. I constantly think about this and have weighed all my options. So after many thoughts and consultations with specialists I have decided that I’m going to have a preventative mastectomy myself.

I have just celebrated my 21st birthday and I feel really passionate about my decision and I hope that one day I can inspire other young women who may be feeling scared and anxious whether it’s finding out if they have the gene mutation or making a decision that is the best one for them.

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