When I found out about my BRCA2 mutation, I toyed with the idea of creating a blog for months. It seemed that resources for women like me were very limited; everything out there was for people who already had breast cancer. After waking up from my double mastectomy on March 13th, I realized that there was nothing holding me back from writing about my experience–both before and after surgery. I hope that this blog will not only shed light on the nuanced issues that high-risk women face, but that it will help those women to make informed decisions regarding their health.
The backstory of this blog begins in October of 1999, when my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer. To catch you up to speed without making you do tedious searches, I’ve created a timeline of relevant blog posts.
- 1999:Twelve years ago
- 2000-2004: Mom goes for a walk
- 2005-2009: Rachel does the 3-Day
- September 2011: How it all started again
- October 2011: It’s in the genes
- November 2011: Mom’s mastectomy
- 2012: Why a mastectomy–for Rachel?