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Reintroduction

I said NOPE to Breast CancerI never really worried or thought much about cancer … until my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28. At the time, I was 21 years old, naive, in college, worried about what plans I had for the weekend, and didn’t really grasp what that meant. More than ten years later, my sister is gone, my mom is gone (ovarian cancer), my aunt is in treatment for colorectal cancer, my other sister just had her own scare, and although I am BRCA mutation uninformed negative, I underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and started the breast reconstruction process on January 22, 2013. I said NOPE to breast cancer.

Making the decision to undergo such a drastic surgery was both very difficult and extremely easy at the same time. It came after 10 years of vigilant screenings, when anxiety gripped me every six months as I prepared for my sonogram, mammogram, or MRI, anticipating the results to be the worst. When a screening discovered suspicious lumps, I knew that the time had come.

The reconstruction process was long, painful, and complicated (documented here on my blog). More than two years and eight surgeries later I can finally say I am done! No regrets. If I had to go through this all over again, knowing what complications were in store, I would make the same decision in a heartbeat.

It is not the right answer for everyone facing breast cancer and one that should not be taken lightly or made without research, consulting with experts/doctors, considering alternative options (screening, chemoprevention, holistic approaches, lifestyle changes), and understanding the consequences.

There are many resources out there that can help. The My Destiny Foundation and its Facebook support group has been there for me for the last three years, since the days I was making surgery prep lists and had lots of unanswered questions about my upcoming procedure and following recovery. The group is a family of strong women from all over the world that support each other, laugh together, cry together, and everything in between. Visit www.mydestiny-us.com to learn more. If you need support, request to join the Facebook support group. See you there!

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Help change or save a life

The My Destiny Foundation needs your help!

Do you want to make a difference? Want to help someone who is at high risk for breast cancer. Join the fight by making a donation to My Destiny, an amazing non-profit organization that was previously highlighted as one of my favorite resources (see: Resource highlight).

My Destiny’s mission is to educate, support and most importantly, empower women of all ages who are at high risk for developing breast cancer and who are choosing to have a prophylactic mastectomy to reduce that risk!  We are dedicated to providing information, resources and financial assistance to this high risk community.  We provide a safe haven for women so they may gain knowledge about their options, share their journey, and to support and inspire each other.  Our online community (breast sisters as we like to be called) will inspire each other to be in charge of their health and more importantly, their destiny.

Help make a difference! This could be your mom, sister, daughter, friend, neighbor, colleague, or a complete stranger. Any gift, no matter how small, will help offset the costs for genetic testing or healthcare for a woman in need.

Your gift will help change and SAVE lives! Click here to visit the My Destiny website and make a donation.