“But you don’t have cancer”
“At least you don’t have to go through Chemotherapy”
“You are so much better off than your sister”
“Why are you going that route, your sister did it the other way”
I know that by having the knowledge of my BRCA gene and making the decision to take preventative action and not wait for cancer to hit me, I AM better off!!!
I know that I am lucky to have my journey be this way around and not my sister’s way around.
I know that I am not doing everything exactly like my sister did it but that’s because I am different, and I have a different surgeon with different opinions.
This is very difficult, and I have been faced with this throughout my entire journey the last few months, and I want to tell anyone out in the world that may be in a similar situation to mine:
- It’s something that is very difficult to deal with, especially when you want to be there to support your family member who has cancer, but you also must realise that you also have your own journey that you are experiencing…
- You have to trust your surgeons and know that you don’t have to do everything exactly the same.
- Appreciate that your family member is going through the worse off situation between the 2 of you and share your appreciation to them for giving you the knowledge and/or courage to go for the genetic testing and be empowered.
- Be grateful and be humble and be strong at the same time.
There are no 2 people who have the same story in life, everyone has their very own journey.
Breast cancer in my family comes through many generations, our gene mutation stems from my grandfather’s side of the family. I am saddened by the fact that so many family members had to go through this horrible illness and some not winning the fight against it… but at the same time, I am forever grateful to them for being strong enough going through it, as I now have the knowledge from the gene testing to know that I have options and can empower myself by having the surgery to take my chances from 87% to 5% of getting cancer in my lifetime!!!
This has not been an easy journey at all. I have been faced with so many uphill’s and issues I have had to deal with personally.
But I am 100% grateful!
Chat soon all xxx