I’m also new to the forum and hope your situation has improved since you posted (also hope you get this message as I know you posted a while ago)
My Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago today. She had treatment and recovered and three years later she had it again in the opposite breast. I know the feeling of your world falling apart. My aunt also had breast cancer twice so our family history is pretty strong.
They did the test for my Mum during her first course of treatments and found she does carry the BRCA2 gene. So myself and my sister (26 and 24) also got the test. My feelings were always that I’d rather know and prevent it if I could. Myself and my sister both came back as carrying the gene.
I knew even before we had the positive result that I would have a preventative mastectomy. The other option presented to me was annual checks but I felt that this wasn’t enough especially considering how aggressive my Mums cancer was.
Do be aware it’s quite a long journey to surgery, I found out I am positive just over a year ago and am still not close to surgery. You will be required to speak to all sorts of doctors: oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons and therapists. And of course you can pull out at any time.
With any luck you wont test positive and you can carry on without worry but if you do please know it’s not as life changing as you may think and you can definitely get through it.
Sending love to you and your Mum
It's Emily here from Breast Cancer Care.
I wanted to let you know that we have an email volunteer called Gemma, who had a preventative double mastectomy in her 20s too. You'd be very welcome to email her for support as she's 'been there' and can share her perspective with you, if it's helpful.
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her profile here: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/support-you/someone-talk/someone-me/our-volu...
Emily at Breast Cancer Care