I was never what you’d call normal. Even at a young age, I was always too loud, too opinionated, and often laughed at the wrong time. My mind always worked a little different than others. That hasn’t changed much.
I am still very opinionated, principled, and stand firmly behind my convictions. I’m also known for being stubborn and uncompromising – when I make up my mind that’s it. I am also an analytical person, who most often relies on data – statistics and experience of others before making any big, life-altering decision. And these are the things that came in handy when I learned about my situation.
Early last year my sister lost her battle with breast cancer. At that time I decided to get genetic counseling, to see if I’m at (even bigger) risk of getting it too. I’ve received the results this July and they were shocking. I have a BRCA1 gene mutation, meaning it is very possible I’ll get sick someday. This mutation means I have a 60-85% chance of getting breast cancer and a 20-40% chance of ovarian cancer.
Now I’m faced with enormous, important decisions that will determine the course of the rest of my life. And that is what this blog is all about. Me making decisions and living with the consequences while writing about it for everyone to see.
Better than BRCA blog is my way of surviving the journey to tip the scales back in my favor while still remaining sane. Or at least trying to. I hope this blog and my experiences help at least one person, dealing with a similar situation and making their difficult choices a bit easier.
If what I’m going through can help someone else, then it’s worth putting myself out there and sharing what is usually a hidden, very private affair.