Despite undergoing genetic testing age 21, and finding she was a BRCA1 fault carrier, Helen went on to develop breast cancer age 29. Her family had developed breast cancer at all ages from 32 to 67. It had been hoped she might need to start taking steps age 30, however when Helen started with an initial mammogram, stage 3 aggressive cancer was found to already be growing. Helen thus underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction. She is now 8 years on from her breast cancer.