I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. Life comes with many challenges. View all New York Times newsletters. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. You are already subscribed to this email. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.
I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy.
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Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of. My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can.