2 years ago I was diagnosed with BRCA1. The reason I was tested was a long history of cancer running in my family.
The same year my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36 years old.
I had always thought it would feel ok to know if I had the gene. The phone call came and I was positive. I surprisingly was in shock. It was a milestone in my life where I knew I had to act to save my life and that of others by going through a preventative mastectomy to reduce my chances of getting this terrifying disease.
There was no other way I would go. It was tough, it was painful and it was mentally demanding. Body image was tough physically and psychologically.
But 18 months on I am pregnant with my second baby girl, I have an amazing 8-year-old and a family around me who support what I am passionate about.
I want women out there to know the diagnosis is not a negative but a positive to give us a chance that women like my grandmother didn't have. By my mother finding out I had BRCA 1 I was able to give myself a chance and so will I to my daughter's.