When something goes wrong in your life just yell ‘PLOT TWIST’, and move on

Molly Weis

In January this year I found out I am a carrier of the BRCA 2 genetic mutation.

This gives me a 60 – 80% increased risk of breast cancer and 10 – 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer, vs 11% general population risk of breast cancer and 1 – 2% general population risk of ovarian cancer. See p6 of this leaflet.

After a couple of months of not thinking about it, I realised I really needed to make some decisions about what this means for me, so I booked an appointment to discuss my options with the breast and ovarian cancer teams at the hospital. I came away from the appointments with more information, and was given 6 months to think about my options.

For my breasts my options were: continue having mammograms and MRI’s which I’ve been having as part of the Nottingham family history programme, or have a preventative double mastectomy and possible reconstruction. Fortunately, as I haven’t hit the menopause yet, my ovarian cancer risk doesn’t really kick in until I’m 45, when I would need to think about having a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries).

After some soul searching I realised that I didn’t want to live in the shadow of a possible breast cancer diagnosis, and everything that goes with it, especially after Mum’s diagnosis (and ongoing good health!), so I made A Big Decision and have opted to have a preventative double mastectomy, with implant reconstruction which will take place on XX December.

I expect to be off work for at least 6 weeks, so I’ll be jotting a few notes here about how I’m getting on with life, after the op!