Our hero and friend Cassie shares her inspiring story!
This trooper's story we had to share for April. Thank you @cassiex1 for letting us in to your #brca journey. We think you are amazing! Having lost her mother and becoming a mother herself, Cassie is determined not to follow the same path 👯♀️ “In 2010 my best friend, my mum passed away from ovarian cancer. Before she passed away she found out she had the BRCA1 gene which means she had an 85% chance of getting breast cancer and a 45% chance of getting Ovarian cancer. Unfortunately she didn’t have this information until it was too late. Last year I too found out I have the BRCA1 gene so on the 5th feb this year I underwent preventative surgery, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. This surgery has dropped my life time risk of getting breast cancer to less than 2% and in turn I feel very lucky to be able to take action that my amazing mum wasn’t able too. I don’t feel sad. I feel very lucky to be in this position - knowledge is power! The operation went well and I now have nice new boobies 👀 (no more post- natal sag, silver lining n’all) 🙊 My journey is not quite over as I have been advised to have a hysterectomy to drop my chances of getting ovarian cancer, although this scares me and it’s also pushing me to make life/family decisions I know the outcome will be worth it! Every time I feel low I think of my incredible Mum and that gives me my strength!”💫