Lisa is age 36. Three years ago Lisa had a double mastectomy with reconstruction as she had been found to carry a fault in BRCA 2. Her mum had been found to carry the gene fault some seven years earlier, but hadn’t felt ready to find out until she was in her early 30’s. The gene fault is thought to have come via her Grandad who had suffered with cancer of the stomach, his twin brother had had pancreatic cancer, their other brother breast cancer and their sister cancer of the cervix, all of the daughters of this generation had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lisa’s mum, not that unusually at age 52, but cousins, in their early 40’s and the youngest of which 33. Lisa had already been in touch with Helpline and spoken with both Wendy and Becky, she found out about the helpline through her Genetics team and watched Becky’s documentary around the time she was deciding whether to have the test or not. Lisa found speaking to and meeting other people in the same position such a big help and expressed a desire to speak with others and indeed has been doing so already over the past three years via her genetic counsellor, the Helpline, or through the online Forum BCPALs which Lisa helps moderate. As part of her decision to help others she made a photo diary of all the stages of her surgery as she had found very little in the way of realistic photographs when she was making her decision.