One of the first moments I remember about my BRCA journey was feeling isolated and alone. I felt like no one around me understood my struggle. As the years passed, I was able to find and curate my very own BRCA community.
I no longer felt alone, but in the back of my mind, I remembered how lost I felt without that community. That’s where BRCA Strong’s journey began. I knew that there was a void in the BRCA community. Personal, the almost gritty stories of our journeys did not have a platform to be shared within the community.
BRCAStrong’s purpose is to be that platform were previvors, especially women with a BRCA mutation, can find a variety, and eventually a plethora, of resources that will benefit them. BRCA Strong is very new, and I’m still trying to find the right rhythm, but I have a lot of ideas for what I want this site to be.
First and foremost, though, this site is a community for BRCA mutated previvors and survivors. I want people to feel inspired to share their personal stories with BRCA Strong. For us to take pride in our experiences and know that we aren’t the only ones going through this challenging, life-altering moment in our lives.
I intend to give a glimpse of my experiences. Especially when I share my stories on my breast surgeries and finding my new breast just as beautiful, and even more so now because of the story behind them.
When I share my pictures of my breasts, it’s not to exhibit them for the hell of it! It’s to show women who may be feeling isolated and alone, just that – that they are not alone! We are beautiful, no matter the scars or missing nipples.
For a long time, it was hard for me to see pictures of my breasts after I had my mastectomy and even when I had my breasts reconstructed. Losing that part of me took a toll on my self-esteem and finding the confidence to appreciate my new body didn’t come easy.
I know sharing this experience resonates with many women who have had a mastectomy and struggle with reclaiming their bodies. I hope that when these women read my stories, they become empowered.
As a community, I want us to uplift each other because we already have it hard as it is. So, let us support each other! Let’s get through this journey together and be open to hearing a range of different stories.
Once we become open and accepting of each other the easier it will be to understand each struggle I have experienced. Even if you may not be able to relate to one of my experiences completely; know that it may not be you, but someone else who may read one of the posts may thoroughly understand the situation.
Them relating and seeing me share my self-doubt may inspire them to do the same, and that to me would be perfect!