HealthI am a 56 year old female with a BRCA-1 gene mutation. I've survived cancer 4 times and have undergone a hysterectomy and double mastectomy. AMA!
Apr 22nd 2017 by 2weeksago_ • 14 Questions • 1417 Points
My name is Tamara Ammons. I was born October 31st, 1960 in Hawthorne, California. I'm the oldest of 3 siblings. I graduated from High School in 1978. I birthed my only child on January 1st, 1994.
My first job was waitressing at a diner called Polly's Pies. Then I moved on to Albertson's, where I was manager of the service deli for 17 years. Then I managed a Hallmark for 6 years. My last position was manager at Sears in the Del Amo Fashion Center. I was there for 6 years. I worked up until I was 45 years old. I am now on permanent disability.
I am a huge animal person and I love movies. My biggest passion is working in my backyard garden. I love growing pumpkins, carrots and many different flowers.
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Then in 2009 the breast cancer returned: At the recommendation of my physician, I had both of my breasts removed, as well as my uterus. In 2012 I developed pancreatic cancer which progressed to Stage 3. In October of 2016 I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I currently do intravenous chemo therapy bi-weekly and a daily 2,500mg regimen of Capecitabine(Xeloda).
I want to use reddit to reach out to people who have any questions about being newly diagnosed or anything at all. Here is my proof: http://i63.tinypic.com/2lsvcp2.jpg
do you recommend women get tested for the brca gene if breast cancer runs in the family?
Yes definitely. Early if possible. I can't stress that enough.
At what point were you tested for brca1? How expensive was the test at the time?
I was tested in 2010 when my first breast was removed. The cost was covered by my medical insurance so I'm not entirely sure.
Did she tests positive for any other mutations? If so I would get tested but insurance will likely not cover it and it's about 5000, roughly.
Obv not the OP, but I have/had breast cancer at 40 and was not positive for BRCA or any other mutations, just one area of non significant change. My oncologists advice for what to do about my daughter (3) was to teach her to be hyper aware of how her body feels and to be proactive about screening early. She will probably have her first mammogram/ultrasound at thirty five instead of 40, etc. talk to your Ob/gyn of you are concerned and want to be proactive.
You most likely don't carry it if your mom tested negative. Has your father been diagnosed with anything?
It's when you have your breasts removed to prevent cancer from reoccurring in them. In my experience it was going to return.