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.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It's been too long
Since my last update, I found a new wonderful surgeon and have since had two more surgeries with completely different implants. Crazy right? haha I'll explain why and details with photos in my next post this week!
Anyway, after all that happened I got so overwhelmed and depressed I couldn't bring myself to post here. I'm currently going through all of the emails y'all have written me and it's a great reminder of why I blog this journey. Each of you are so beautiful and encouraging. I love hearing everyone's story. It's wonderful having that much needed reminder that I'm not alone in this type of journey. So many brave and strong women out there. Thank y'all for the kind and encouraging words! Means the world to me.
Look for a detailed update this week! xoxoxo