I come from a long line of strong women. We face life’s challenges head on and acquire solutions, not a voice of complaint. At this time I am faced with a difficult journey. I thought I’d take you along with me for good company.
This past summer I tested positive for BRCA2, the breast cancer/ovarian cancer gene. Immediately the doctors advised me that a hysterectomy and a bilateral mastectomy needed to be my next step. “ABSOLUTELY NEVER!” was my response.
I hadn’t forgotten what my mother experienced. I hadn’t forgotten how this disease stole my sister’s life. I hadn’t forgotten why my brother, Shawn Gardner, and the rest of Team Heather work so hard each year to save lives. But, I also hadn’t forgotten how much I love the body God gave me. The Good Lord (and the world) knows I love my boobs! The next couple months left me throwing the idea around in my head. One day I will have to face breast cancer. One day I will have to be ill with the radiation/chemo treatments that stop or slow this disease. One day I may lose my life because I was too vain to think clearly about my future!
Then I heard Allyn Rose’s story. Allyn is this year’s Miss District of Columbia. She has an amazing story. She has a story that gave me the strength to sit down and speak to my husband about his thoughts on me going through with my doctors’ wishes. My husband wants to be a husband and not a widower. I have since contacted my doctor and will take a scary leap to save my life over the next few months.
It’s nice for you to join me on my journey.