My name is April Bhattacharya and I’ve created this blog to keep family and friends updated with my journey. I hope that others out there that are facing these same decisions find my blog encouraging and informative.

After losing multiple women in my family, including my mother, to breast cancer, I chose to have genetic testing. I found out in March 2010 that I tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation. This does not mean it causes breast or ovarian cancer, but it leads to an increased risk for its development. I have an 85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 40% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer. The general population’s lifetime risk for breast cancer is about 12% and less than 2% for ovarian cancer.

After doing much research, discussing things with my husband, talking with doctors and genetic counselors, I came to the conclusion that a prophylactic (preventative) bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts) and reconstruction would be my personal best decision. By having this surgery I reduce my risk of getting breast cancer by 90%. I have also taken on a vegan diet. At 23 years old, I am empowered to take steps to prevent breast and/or ovarian cancer from taking my life early. I am grateful to be a woman with options that could change the future of my family.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Good Morning!

Good morning!! Or afternoon...haha I just woke up and I only had sweat on the middle top of my back and on my neck. I slept 8 hours!! This is a first since Dec. 7th! There must have been lots of prayers happening for me. I hope I get another night like this. Even once a week would be nice haha

The sun is out today and I'm so happy about the sleep I got : ) Breakfast time...


Natalie Salinas said...

So happy that you got such a good nights rest. i am praying you have many more nights like that, and Sameer too! Love you!

Karis Guerrero said...

8hrs of sleep thank you Jesus! My dad just filled me in on sameers latest text update. I am overjoyed to hear how well your doing! I'm so so sorry you had to go through the withdrawals, that's the one thing I can relate to and it's complete hell and I can't imagine how much worse it was for you so glad that the doctors are helping with it. I continue to be in awe of your courage and perseverance through all of this! Keep enjoying the small victories but also don't be ashamed to fall apart it's ok! Praying for y'all always!!!!

April Bhattacharya said...


Thank you so much for all of your comments on my blog. You have been encouraging : ) Thank you for your prayers! I hope you are doing well!