I am a triathlon coach, professional organizer, co-author of baby daze and an athlete.
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a niece, a cousin, a friend, and a previvor!
I’m also BRCA1+.
I have a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer. I have spent the last eight years of my life aggressively screening myself for breast and ovarian cancer. I have now reached the point where I have decided to have prophylactic surgeries. In 2009, I lowered my risk for ovarian cancer by having an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries). This November, I will lower my risk of breast cancer by having a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstruction.
With this blog, I will record my experiences and feelings leading up to the surgery, my experience post-surgery and during the recovery period.
My goal is to log my recovery up until the day I cross my first finish line in a triathlon in 2012! I hope you will join me for my journey of “Turning A Positive (BRCA+) Into A Positive.” Maybe some of you will join me at the finish line!
It is my hope that this blog will help other women who are contemplating this difficult decision. These are tricky waters to navigate. I am just one woman with a story to share.
This blog is dedicated to the women in my family who are also BRCA1+. My mother, who has made the ultimate sacrifice in battling two cancers, less than 10 years apart. She is a true inspiration to me and all that encounter her energy and spirit. My aunts Marge and Harriet who within the past 8 years have undergone both prophylactic surgeries and are living full lives with their spouses, children and grandchildren! And finally, I dedicate this blog to my Aunt Ruth who is always in my mind and heart! May her strength and humor keep me strong and allow me to keep her memory alive every single day that I’m out there swimming, biking, running and LIVING!