In 2012 I began writing about many aspects of my experiences as a breast cancer survivor who has a BRCA1 genetic defect. Just for the record here are the details:
1998 – Diagnosed with Stage IIB invasive ductal carcinoma. The tumor was 2.9 cm, ER/PR negative and Her2-neu positive. Treatment included lumpectomy, axillary node dissection, AC chemo and radiation. I was 36 years old.
2011 – Genetic testing and counseling for the BRCA gene mutations. Tested positive for a deleterious mutation in the BRCA1 gene.
2012 – January: Bilateral mastectomies with immediate DIEP flap/free TRAM flap reconstruction. July: Stage II breast reconstruction revisions and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. October: Nipple reconstruction and left breast revision.