Erica Brown Blog

Well we haven’t actually officially met .. yet!! About 7 months ago after finding out that I was BRCA 1 positive, I came to the internet to find support. I started on Facebook and searched for groups relating to BRCA. I wasn’t alone in this, I had my cousin and The Breasties but I wanted to meet more women and find women that were also mothers. I found BRCAStrong. I liked the positivity and uplifting that was happening between the women and Tracy. I started to then document my journey as I met with doctors, prepped my family for surgery, vacationed with my kids, and lived life every day knowing in a few months I would have a preventative double mastectomy. When I turned to Instagram, I of course followed Tracy and through there we have shared out journeys. She is inspiring with all that she does for this amazing community of women and I love watching her journey.


I am a woman of many hats and constantly on the go. I have two kids under 4 and have been married for 5 years.

In August 2017 I found out that I was BRCA 1 positive. My family had a strong background of cancer and my Uncle and cousin were already positive for the mutation. It only made sense that I get tested too. Within one month I had formed my team of doctors that would take me through this preventative journey.

I spent the months leading up to surgery prepping my mind and body. I ate healthy, stopped bad habits, and worked out. I traveled with my kids and husband, soaking up every moment. Being a mother and wife, my biggest worry wasn’t me, I knew I could do this, it was them, my kids and husband. The month before surgery everything was in place, because let’s be honest, I am a planner and a tad controlling. My nerves crept in and I truly struggled to do much of anything but be with my kids, husband, family, and friends.

On January 8th 2018, I had a preventative double mastectomy, direct to implant, with nipple sparing. Waking up from surgery was surreal and I felt like a completely different human.

I stayed with my mom the week after surgery, I slept, ate, and took meds. My mom washed my hair, I surrounded myself with soft blankets and some show with Jerry Seinfeld, ha-ha. My mother – in- law came into town and stayed with us, she did everything I couldn’t and took me anywhere I needed. I am forever grateful. After one week my bandage was taken off and my nipples sadly were not doing well, nipple sparing was very important to me and I was devastated. I started using a sulfa cream and keeping them bandaged.

The weeks following surgery, we learned our new norm. Every week I was able to do a little more and every day I learned to love my new foobs. My road to recovery has had bumps and twists but finding out that I am BRCA 1 positive changed my life in the most ironically beautiful way.

Scary Mommy article à http://www.scarymommy.com/my-journey-with-the-brca1-mutation/

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