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Saturday 30th March – 3 years later…

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It was three years ago today that I was told that I had the BRCA1 mutation….. and what a journey it has been!

In that time I decided and have had a prophylactic bilatteral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction (although the process isnt fully complete!), met up with family members that had lost contact, met some of the most amazing women through the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline and most importantly realised who I can and cannot count on.

One of the things that has made me most happy over this time helping others. Be it by talking about my experience to help others with their decisions, trying to help raise funds for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline by making and selling jewellery for a short time, or with helping my mum make drain bags for the Norwich and Norfolk Hospital. It would be nice to get back to doing these things as I haven’t done any of them for a while.

Monday 18th March – The news is…

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Well my husband and I are excited to announce that we are expecting our first child! Due at the beginning of October.

We have been trying for less than a year to fall pregnant so are over the moon.

Originally we thought that we would be going down the route of the PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) process. However, after looking into the process, the sucess of actually being funded, and the fact that you are only funded for 1 cycle (so if we wanted further children we would need to have pay for this ourselves, which at the last look was about £9,000) decided to go through the process naturally.

Some may argue that this is a big decision and why would we go ahead with a pregnancy knowing that our child would have a 50/50 change of inheriting the gene. But the thought of having one child that would be free from risk and then not being able to afford further children so would have that risk – how would you decsribe something like that to your children?!

As well as this, when I was born, the BRCA1 gene hadn’t even been discovered, who knows what the next 20 years may hold – when already there is talk of taking medication which will reduce the risk so no surgery is needed. Even if no further advance on treatment is made, I believe that as long as you are a positve role model for your children there is nothing that you cant get through together.

Wednesday 23rd January – Exciting News

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Exciting news – watch this space!

Wednesday 2nd January – Yay, no more padding

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Nipple padding was removed! Yay! Actually feel more normal now and no more baggy jumpers! Next check up is in 3 months time!

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