From the time I was 21, I have been under surveillance at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC due to my family’s extensive cancer history. Every 3-6 months, I was seen by an OB and the Breast Surveillance team, while appointments included ultrasounds, MRI’s, and mammograms. At 28-years-old I discovered I had the BRCA1 mutation. This dramatically increases your likelihood of having breast and ovarian cancer. The average age of diagnosis for ovarian cancer and breast cancer is 40 and 45+, respectively. Based on this info, my plan of attack was to have a hysterectomy and a double mastectomy by 40.
I always took my family history very seriously and did everything right (my daily mantra!). However, life throws you curveballs. At a standard appointment with my breast doctor on July 13th, 2018, a tiny lump was discovered on my right side by Dr. Mangino (my angel!). Once declared suspicious, I got a biopsy.