This is my life…

Dana Rakowski

In 2014, I found out I was both BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 positive. For those that don’t know what this means … it’s a genetic mutation for a predisposition for breast and ovarian cancers among other cancers. Having one is somewhat rare, but having Both at the time was extremely rare. My life drastically changed once I heard the words. “You are positive for two mutations”. My head was literally spinning. What does this even mean??? Why me?? Why now?? So now it wasn’t a matter of whether or not I would get cancer, it was now a matter of when. I spiraled into a major depression. Doctors were telling me I needed a hysterectomy by the time I was 38 and a mastectomy right away. I wasn’t even married yet or had my children. I couldn’t even comprehend this. No one in their early thirties should ever have to go through the emotional turmoil I went through. After much thought, i decided my best course of action was to be a previvor and spread awareness. I decided to had extensive screening Several times per year. This includes regular doctors app’s, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI’s, and specialist appointments. It took me a long time to actually be able to swallow my diagnosis. But i realized this doesn’t define me. 

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