Dear Jack


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I turned 31 in February and in March I went for a wellness checkup with my PCP when I mentioned to her an abnormality I wasn’t sure I was feeling in my right breast. She did a breast exam and referred me for an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed that it was abnormal and that same day I had imaging and a biopsy done. I was diagnosed with stage 1 grade 3 triple negative breast cancer in my right breast. I was told chemo is the required treatment option due to this type of cancer only responding to chemo. Genetic testing revealed I had the BRCA 1 gene so double mastectomy was recommended after completion of chemo due to my high risk of breast cancer returning. A hysterectomy is currently the treatment plan by the age of 40 due to the additional high risk of ovarian cancer. Before I started chemo I had to do fertility treatment and egg retrieval to freeze my eggs. That was a very expensive experience that was not covered by insurance despite my diagnosis, so I was immediately put into debt to start my journey back to health.I have completed chemo and had my first surgery which was a double mastectomy. I still need to undergo reconstruction and my pathology report results revealed to my oncologist that medication is now recommended to take for the following year.

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