It’s not over yet
My journey does not stop here. Not only DID I have an 85% risk of getting breast cancer, but with the BRCA gene I also have a 65% risk of getting ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is what my mum died of and therefore my ultimate fear.
Obviously it would be crazy to have a total hysterectomy at my age of 26. I want to have children and enjoy life a bit before I face more major surgery.
There is no screening plan currently for ovarian cancer or understanding whether screening would be effective.
It is advised women have a total hysterectomy if they want to reduce their risk usually late 30’s. Angelina Jolie had hers age 39, and Michelle Heaton age 35. I haven’t really thought about what age I would consider but I know I will not hang about.
I will be having IVF when it comes to having children. A new technique called PDG – pre implantation genetic diagnosis is now available. During this process embryos are tested for the “dangerous gene – aka BRCA” and those without the mutation are selected for implantation. Obviously this isn’t the most romantic way to have a child, but if this means I can successfully have a child who doesn’t carry this mutation I will do anything.
The next stage isn’t just major surgery it has consequences- the menopause!! I would obviously go through the menopause in my 30’s which I imagine will be hard going. If it is anything like this operation I will hopefully have a fantastic network around me and hopefully a few mini me’s too!! Xoxo