100% yes. Because of the NHS and incredible surgeons I now have a below population level risk chance of developing breast cancer. I have a much better chance of watching my children grow up, a chance my mum unfortunately did not get. I will not have to have mammograms when I am older as there is no need. The ticking time bombs have gone. I have two breasts that nobody would ever know have been through such a journey, a journey that has saved my life and I will be eternally grateful for. They may have a few scars but they are scars that show determination and courage. I feel lucky to have been armed with knowledge I have and to have been able to act on it. I feel empowered that I made a life changing choice that in no way diminishes my femininity and confidence.
I feel life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take control of.
I would like to take this chance to thank all my friends, family and boyfriend who have supported my through this journey and keeping my spirits high. A special thanks has to go to the Sprostons, without these people I don’t know how I would have coped. From washing me to lifting me out of bed nothing was ever too much, and of course a shoulder to cry on.
Breast and ovarian cancers take lives everyday- knowledge and action can help the premature loss of those who love us, and those we love in return.
I hope this blog has helped other women decide what to do in this situation, or have already made their decision and are looking for guidance. I would like to raise awareness of the BRCA gene and the implications it has upon certain cancers. Women who think they may have a gene mutation because of a strong family history should go to their doctor to take control of their future
If anybody has any comments or questions please feel free to ask me and I will happily help you as best I can.