My name is Asia im 22 years old, student, business owner, and I’m Brca1 positive.
During my summer break at 17 years old, I spent that summer taking care of my aunt (my moms twin sister) who just had surgery for a double mastectomy because she was BRCA 1 positive at age 46. We lost touch for a bit but I still kept her in my prayers. At 19 years old, I began working at a Hematology- Oncology office where I learned about different types of cancer, their treatments, preventative studies and links to cancer through genetic testing. It was probably the best job I ever had because I want to become a Oncology RN myself someday. During that time, I met a lovely lady named Cindy (shes in this group as well!!!). I remember I took her call that day, she was diagnosed with breast CA and needed to see our Dr.
Fast forward 3 years later (im now working somewhere else), and I get a call from a family member that the same aunt whom had a double mastectomy has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked! It was rare because she did have everything removed. On my 22nd birthday, I drove her down to South Florida to get a second from the oncologist I worked with, and he suggested because she is my moms twin that I too should get tested. So I did. My results came back in two weeks and I was positive for BRCA 1 mutation. With my family history and medical knowledge I knew what must be done, and I wasn’t afraid. Cancer runs in my family so in the back of my mind I was not surprised. My biggest fear was my fertility. I have four nieces and two nephews who i love with all my heart and it brings me the biggest joy to watch them grow. To know that I may miss out on that oppurtunity scared me because if you knew me, youd know I want to be a super mom someday, ive always dreamnt of it. I talked with my boyfriend of 3 years and said “hey, this is how it is, im getting everything removed, you staying or leaving?! Because I want to have babies as soon as I graduate! And you have to still love me when i get a new pair and I get emotional.” And of course he said yes, hes been supporting me 110% and learned everything with me to help as much as possible. I went back to that same breast cancer patient I met Cindy, and told her and she introduced me to Tracy! Who has been so supportive and informative with me and this group. I’m no longer scared, the women here have been so strong and empowering! My doctors have been so cautious with me and has helped educate me on my decisions for fertility and surgeries. Im so blessed to have met everyone and to be working in the medical field, I wouldn’t be so aware without them. Thank you everyone for your time and I look forward to being able to help others with any way I can regarding BRCA gene mutation.
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Has a family members of yours been diagnosed with breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer? Studies link a genetic mutation called BRCA that can increase your chances by 70% of developing these types of cancer before the age 70 years old. This is a genetic mutation, it is passed down by your mother or father if they possess the gene. This break through in medicine has led to early detection and prevention methods for people with this gene mutation.
Asia, has been a BRCA Strong member since early February due to a recent family member breast cancer diagnosis that also tested positive for Brca1 Mutation.
Asia owns a, organic soap business called Soaps from Asia where she makes goatmilk and glycerin soap, shea lotions, and beeswax lip balms with essential oils for additional health benefits. She is contributing 1$ for every purchase made to BRCA STRONG to help support women with this gene mutation.
She has dedicated her Sage / Lemon / Peppermint to help with hot flashes and relaxation caused by early menopause and stress.