Real Life Stories

 

Asple_tb For Fiona Asple, choosing to undergo genetic counseling and testing to determine if she carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations presented the opportunity to make proactive decisions about her health. Read more
Marae&Mommy_tbjpg Elizabeth (Liz) Reeves knew well from a young age the impact that breast and ovarian cancer could have on a family. Her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-thirties, and she passed away at age 39, when Liz was seven. Her maternal grandmother had died from ovarian cancer; her maternal aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40. Read more
BearMom_sm1 Barri Babow was not surprised to learn she had cancer. Describing her reaction to her 2010 diagnosis with triple-negative breast cancer, the Sacramento, California, tech industry program manager says, “I wasn’t upset; there were no tears, no outrage.” Having watched both of her parents, as well as other family members, go through cancer diagnoses and treatment, Barri says “I knew I was going to get cancer. It was just a question of when.” Read more