I was diagnosed at 21 years-old with the gene mutation BRCA2, which is most commonly associated with both breast and ovarian cancer. Doctors informed me that I had an 85 percent risk of developing breast cancer, while my chance of developing ovarian cancer was about 30 percent.
In 2015, I underwent a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Six months later I had a prophylactic (preventive) double mastectomy. A few years after my intensive surgeries my ex-husband and I decided to get divorced. We have now been separated for 7 months. It’s especially hard because our bodies have changed.
To go back out there in the dating world after my surgeries is very frighten. I am a different woman now and a part of me did feel a bit insecure about my appearances post-surgery. However, every day I am grateful to say that I have beat the fight! I’m happy that I will be able to see what the future holds for my kids and enjoy every minute of it.
I want the same for others, too. I want people to not only be inspired through my journey, but by others who are willing to share their experiences as well. I hope through sharing these experiences I can Empower Women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Also provide a place where we can help each other realize that all the support you may feel you don’t have is right here!
Through this/my company and I want to bring awareness about BRCA by fundraising, promoting events, and work with other nonprofits that are committed to doing the same.