For women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, genetic testing can potentially identify harmful genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, also referred to as the “breast cancer gene.” Learning that you have an inherited genetic mutation that can cause breast and ovarian cancer can potentially affect everyone in the family.
Sheri, Dr. Ron Israeli’s patient, will be the first to tell you that knowing your family health history may save your life. After her doctor encouraged her to be tested for the BRCA1 mutation because of her family’s history of breast cancer, Sheri tested positive. As she describes in her powerful story about the emotions that surround testing for BRCA genetic mutations, this newfound knowledge would completely change her and her siblings’ lives forever. Her eloquently written account about defeating the breast cancer gene is part of our new BE INSPIRED section that features uplifting stories from our patients who have thrived through their mastectomies and breast reconstructions for a breast cancer diagnosis or for risk-reducing purposes.
Sheri’s BE INSPIRED story
“Are you sitting down?” These words will forever bring me back to Christmas week in 2009. That summer I had just turned 40 and I was looking forward to new beginnings. But these words catapulted me into a whirlwind of emotions and life altering decisions that would be made over the next 12 months. Continue reading