BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutation: I Tested Positive, What Now? by Kim Kusiciel

Women's Health Cancer
9 months ago
BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutation: I Tested Positive, What Now?

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.

Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you for sharing this important information and your experiences with us! You are so strong and amazing, Kim Kusiciel! 💗

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