BRCA Journey Part 1
Today I’m sharing the first part of my journey of diagnosis with a BRCA2 gene mutation. This process of sharing this has been difficult for me to write. There’s extremely rough and raw emotion behind these longer than normal posts for me. I don’t have the best writing skills here, but realy I feel compelled to share emotion and insight about the blessing and curse of knowing my health risks.
I’m not sharing this to say my journey is special over anyone else’s- it’s not in any way. I have met countless women my age and younger who are facing the same journey or more complicated journeys that involve breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. I’m sharing my journey to let others know that even when the road is much longer and tougher than you thought it would be there is hope, healing and community to be found in it.
Part of the reason I think I had such a hard time coping through this journey emotionally is because I felt like I was the only one, really alone in it. I was not on any social media at the time and I was not aware of the amazing support there was around the web of others going through the same things. Beginning in September I plan to add more resources to this site about BRCA and the support you can find if you’re struggling with complications from it.
If you’re interested in reading the first part of my BRCA journey you can find it here at The Common Woman. I love how Holly is creating a safe space for all women to share their lives and I am honored to share part one of my BRCA journey on her site. Look for parts two and three to be released here soon.