My double mastectomy in 2013 was a life-changing event. My maternal grandmother died from breast cancer at the age of 62, my mother died from breast cancer at the age of 47, my paternal grandmother had a single mastectomy and survived.
I’m the middle of 5 siblings myself. My older brother and my youngest sister have the BRCA gene. My brother gets checked by doing mammograms and my sister had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. It’s been a long road for her family, and because of the issues she had with reconstruction, I chose not to reconstruct at all.
Having the opportunity to wake up in the morning and not see these horrendous scars across my chest will make me feel more like a woman and that a piece of me has returned. I’m so grateful for this opportunity
Thank you for letting me share my story.