I am a breast cancer survivor.
I’m also a BRCA 1 mutation carrier, meaning my parents gave me life, along with a gene that puts me at very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. There are other genes that increase a person’s risk for these cancers.
There are genes that put people at risk for other cancers, too. Some of the genes we know about, such as BRCA. Others are yet to be identified and discovered. It’s why cancer advocacy is so important.
When I saw the BRCA cancer experts at Stanford for treatment advice back in 2013, I was feeling really sorry for myself because I was one of the unlucky people who carry a BRCA mutation.
Dr. Kurian, who is AMAZING, told me that, “On average, we think that people carry at least five or six genes that predispose them to some horrible disease. At least you know one of yours.” Wow, that was a reframe! Yes, I had breast cancer. But, I also knew I needed to previve ovarian cancer by having my fallopian tubes and ovaries out.