March 27, 2015

I Got Preventative Surgery...After My Daughter Got Breast Cancer

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My daughter Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 28 and our world changed forever! My positive BRCA gene results came in mid-March -- I was not surprised and my decision was already made. Being told that I had up to an 85 per cent chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer I was determined to undergo ovary/fallopian tube removal as soon as possible and bilateral mastectomy, scheduled six weeks after Michelle's second mastectomy and done preventatively.

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