Thank you for visiting our fundraising page! We are a mother/daughter team named It's a Family Thing presenting our bra themed Treasure Chest. We worked very hard to create this bra for a very good cause. Please share in our support!
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This really means a lot to us. So I have included below our story that appeared in the January 2012 Women Supporting Women newsletter as a way to introduce our story to those who may not have heard it and as a refresher to those of you who already know us.
Hi, my name is Heather Mir. My mother is a survivor and she is also my hero. When she was 39 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After months of both chemotherapy and radiation her breast cancer was gone. So our lives returned to normal until many years later when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; she was 55. This time her treatment consisted of chemotherapy only. Once again her treatment was successful and her ovarian cancer was gone, or so we thought. Three years later cancer was discovered in the lymph nodes where her ovaries had once been. So being the strong willed trooper that she is, she once again underwent radiation and once again beat her cancer.
Her personal battles with cancer, coupled with the fact that her mother, maternal grand-mother, and maternal aunt all had breast cancer prompted her doctors and my doctors to practically insist my mother undergo BRCA genetic testing. This testing consists of having a complete DNA analysis performed to look for mutations on people who have, or who have had cancer. In December 2009 my mother had the testing and she was found to have a BRCA 1 mutation. With her diagnosis any blood relative can have a single site analysis performed to verify if a mutation is or is not present on their own DNA.
In April 2010 genetic test results indicated I had the BRCA 1 mutation as well. Having a BRCA 1 mutation significantly increases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, as was the case with my mom. So with careful consideration, after numerous consultations, and research I chose to have prophylactic surgery. It was during this time that I found Women Supporting Women and gained a great support system. Although I did not have cancer, the staff was still very supportive and able to prepare me for what I was about to endure.
In September 2010 I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and a TAH-BSO. A TAH-BSO is a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (removal of uterus & cervix) with a Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and Fallopian tubes). The reconstruction of my breasts began that day as well; with breast tissue expanders being inserted after the mastectomy was completed. Over the following weeks/months following the surgery I had the expanders filled with saline until they reached the desired size. My recovery was made more comfortable thanks to Women Supporting Women with their reclining chair lending program and ‘piggy’ pillows. In December 2010 I had simple outpatient surgery to swap the expanders for my permanent implants. Then in March 2011 I had my nipples reconstructed. My final stage is to have areola tattoos, which will hopefully be in the next few months.
My mom and I will continue to have regular check-ups and hope we both remain cancer-free. I have yet to meet anyone else with a similar story to mine, but I hope to one day meet others like me and help those faced with the same decision I had to make.
Thanks for reading our story! Please show your support by voting! No hard feelings if you vote for someone else, just as long as you vote! :)
Heather & Donna