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  1. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. My sister has breast cancer and tested positive for BRCa gene 1. I went to get tested last week and now waiting on the results. I suffer from anxiety and acute depression so the waiting time and knowing the results makes me even more anxious. What is the percentage that I am high likely of having the genes if my sister has it? I am more likely getting my boobs removed and getting transplants and getting my ovaries removed too. I am prone to ovarian cysts as well so I’ve been on birth control pills since the last couple of years off and off. I am getting the birth control implant in my arm in two weeks. I don’t want children so I am not worried about having my ovaries removed. I am worried about having menopause. They say that if you have your ovaries removed, and haven’t had your breasts removed, you are 50% less likely of having breast cancer. I was looking at different options for chemo preventative and it reduces only 50% of having breast cancer and it comes with loads of side effects. And it’s five year treatment. If the percentage was higher like 70% I would have went with this option but I don’t want to risk it. I come from a Northern European (Russia) country and I never met my biological parents. However they say that Northern Europeans especially Jews are more likely to get BRCa gene 1 or 2. I wanted to share with you what’s going on with me. Thank you for your encouragement and for being a survivor.

    My adoptive mother died two years ago (September 11, 2019) of ovarian IV cancer. She was in remission for a year and then it came back and spread in her stomach, around her intestines and lungs and heart. She was in the ICU fighting for her life for 77 days. I saved her life that night otherwise she would have died in her sleep. She went into septic shock. Her immune system was too weak and allowed the cancer to spread on a dangerous level so we had to let her go. Whether I am adopted or not, I never went to go through the agony she went through. I nursed her for three years and she was constantly in hospitals for two years.

    My cousin is a breast cancer survivor and she is 31 years old. She’s not biological but s.

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