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!

Catching up….September

I’m not very good at this blogging thing am I? Life has been moving pretty quick and I find that I’m not that keen on sitting at a computer after a day of it at work, although I have been trying – I have 5 draft posts…

With that in mind I’ve finally downloaded the blog app to my phone so I can write a bit of rubbish wherever I am!

We’re 7 days into September so there’s not masses to write about – except Mum was told on 1st Sept that she is clear of cancer! What amazing news that was! 😄

So that’s all for now, time to try and remember what I did over the last few months..