I’m Christina. I’m 34 years old, and I have the BRCA2 gene mutation. It’s been hard to find people like myself, who have the gene but haven’t been diagnosed with cancer.
It’s a weird place to be. On one hand, I don’t have cancer. On the other hand, is the word “yet”.
What do you do when you know you’re at a higher risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer?
Having BRCA2 is not the same as having cancer, and I have no intention to ever compare the two. It’s still tedious, confusing, anxiety-inducing, but the knowledge is also empowering. I’ve been given the knowledge to prevent and/or detect cancer to save my own life! Yay for science!
I’m documenting my experience on this blog to give in the hopes it will help others who have the BRCA mutation and their families. One thing I’ve learned about my phobia of all things medical is that knowing what to expect helps with my anxiety. I want to share with you what happens between the before and after photos and everything along the way.
When I’m not blogging about my misadventures as a mutant, I work at LearnLoft, an organization focused on educating modern leaders. I enjoy wearing many hats including learning strategist, instructional designer, videographer, writer, and editor, just to name a few.
I live in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC with my husband, daughter,
two dogs one dog (RIP Sketcher 2002-2017), and a cat.
Questions? Want to collaborate?
Want to share a different perspective?
I would love to hear from you!