"We women are so strong; let this be your chance to prove to the world and yourself"

Susan

“When I first heard I had the BRCA 2 gene, I felt like I had a time bomb inside of me, with no idea when it would explode. It was scary to make a decision to remove a healthy body part, but if you are faced with that decision, think smart and be proactive. Monitoring will only help you catch the cancer early, if you are lucky. You will still be faced with surgery, plus chemo. With odds of 87 percent that you will develop cancer before the age of 70, how lucky do you feel?

“I have a husband, children, and grandchildren that need me around. Much better to lose your breasts than your life. Look on the positive side—you will get a great ‘boob job!’ That is not meant to be flippant, but a sense of humor and a positive attitude will go a long way in getting you through this. You will get through it and come out of it a stronger and a more resilient woman with a clearer picture of what is important in your life.”

Susan