I removed my healthy breasts and ovaries and have no regrets.  In fact, I am extremely proud of my decision and would not change a thing.

I tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation which gave me an 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and a 40% lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer. I felt like a ticking time bomb. I knew I could control my fate, and so, I dealt cancer a pre-emptive strike!

My story began seven 11 ago when my father tested positive for the BRCA mutation. Yes, men can inherit the BRCA-mutation. 

After I received my positive results, I knew that I was going to have risk-reducing surgeries.  Six weeks later, I underwent a full hysterectomy and oophorectomy (removal of ovaries). Two months later I had my risk reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction.

My advocacy and passion has taken me on quite a journey so far!

During this time, I created a women’s only online peer support community on Facebook. It is the largest support group of it's kind for women  experiencing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, or are at high risk for a hereditary mutation. We are 10,000 strong and growing daily.

Throughout the years I experienced many complications and had an additional 7 surgeries to correct them.​ I was not interested in more surgery so I decided to define beauty on my own terms and had a beautiful floral design tattooed on my left breast to cover my incision lines..

Support can come in many forms: emotional, physical, through connections, bonds and through sharing similar experiences. Everyone goes through difficult times, but no one should ever feel alone. Whether you are dealing with cancer, or a chronic illness, I encourage you to make sure you ask questions, educate yourself and reach out and ask for help.