I’m Lucky To Know My Genetic Reality

My mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. She had genetic testing done due to a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. My mom had tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation. So that led my sister’s and I to get genetic testing done. Unfortunately, I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. Which was so hard to process. But also I was so grateful to know even though it was hard to hear. When I was waiting for the results. I knew if it came back positive, I would have the preventative surgeries. After watching my mom go through hell, I knew what my decision was. I felt like I am lucky to know even though it was hard as hell.

The hardest part was knowing I am healthy and I don’t have cancer. But I knew I had to do it for my life, my husband and my two boys. The weight of it all was so incredibly hard, especially knowing I had to make this life changing decision. Thankfully I met an amazing oncologist who went over my preventative measures and helped me make that decision. She led me to really amazing doctors and surgeons.

I had my first surgery January 2022. For this surgery they took my ovaries and Fallopian Tubes out. Then a few months later in April, I had a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction. I had three more surgeries after that to finish up my breast reconstruction. It has been one of the hardest things to go through. It’s been hard dealing with being slammed into menopause and the struggles that come with that.

Learning so many women don’t talk about it or we feel like we should struggle through it. The other hard thing is losing feeling in my chest. But it’s taught me to advocate for my health. Thankfully my oncologist helped me find doctors to help with all of my symptoms. The stress, anxiety and tears.. I can’t even describe how hard it was. It really took a toll on me emotionally and physically. Life still goes on..but it was so hard still being a mom of two little boys and a full time job and being a wife. I have no regrets and would do it again for my life. I made it and now I am just trying to live my new normal.

If anything that has helped me is wanting to help others going through this. If I can just listen or help anyone going through the struggles of being slammed into menopause. Anyone who had a double mastectomy with reconstruction and the struggles of it emotionally or physically. I really do feel like that’s my purpose. my life has changed so much but it has helped me grow as person. Anyone who has been through this I see you and hear you.

Angie Guetter