BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutation: I Tested Positive, What Now? by Kim Kusiciel
I found out I was a BRCA mutation carrier when I was 28 years old. I had two children under 2 years old and we weren’t finished creating our family. I was working full-time as an elementary school teacher and wasn’t ready to hear the news that ultimately changed my life. Looking back, here’s a few things I learned and wish to share with you.
- Be prepared for a range of emotions to hit you, but stay positive.
- Learn as much as you can.
- Create a proactive plan with your doctor.
- Talk to others. Join a support network online or in-person. Remember that everyone’s journey is different and what was right for someone might not be for you.
- There are many resources available like Bright Pink, the National Cancer Institute, and FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). Your doctor can also recommend some networks to join.
- Finally, whatever you decide to do with this news is your choice. Just remember to keep an open mind and a positive attitude.
With the right doctors and support system you’ll be able to make the right decisions for you in the time frame you desire. Knowledge is powerful.