My mother was Polish and came from a Jewish background and developed breast cancer in her early sixties. We believe her mother had ovarian cancer and my uncle had prostate cancer. A close friend had breast cancer and came from a similar Jewish background to me and was found to have the BRCA 1 gene and told that the BRCA gene was a recognised fault with those from an Askarnezi background. This information enabled me to be tested.
I was diagnosed with the BRCA 2 gene in 2007 and saw Wendy on the Dawn Porter documentary and contacted her at the helpline straightway, up to this point there seemed to be little or no support once you had had your clinical diagnosis. Wendy was fantastic and couldn’t have been more informative or supportive and even came down to Brighton to meet up with me. With all the help and support of the helpline I decided to have had a risk reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction in 2010, this was by no means an easy decision to make but being able to talk things through with those who had already undergone their own surgeries made an immense difference to me and my family. Now that I have undergone my own journey I will be helping on the Helpline.