It pains me that anyone else has to go through this but at the same time I'm finding there is an amazing support system for me already in place.
While seeing my OB/GYN the other day I decided to visit the Breast Cancer center in the building. I spoke to a wonderful social worker who has been sending me websites and other resources. I've begun talking to people on message boards and finding other bloggers who have told their stories. Many of whom are just as young if not younger then I am.
I also learned a new word.
PREVIVOR: A person who is not diagnosed with cancer, but has survived
the predisposition, or higher risk, of cancer due to a genetic mutation
and/or strong family history. After being armed with this information, a
previvor can make informed choices prior to a cancer diagnosis.
And here I am, making an informed decision. I'm still met with questions about why I'm choosing to do this. I take one look at my husband reading to our son and know exactly why I'm doing this. It's going to be a difficult road both emotionally and physically. Just getting to the surgery is going to be trying emotionally. I'm very lucky to have a supportive husband and family.
I hope I can help others by writing about this in my blog, just like seeing so many other stories are already helping me.