Hi, my name is Candace Lamour and I am from New Jersey. I am now 39. I was diagnosed in Aug 2007 with BC at 37 while breast-feeding my second child. I found a lump. I knew right away that I had BC.
The funny thing was that the February before I had gone into my OBGYN for a follow up appointment and had been told I didn’t need a breast exam because I was still breast feeding and it would be hard to check for lumps. I had a real funny feeling about it and thought that it was odd that my doctor would say such a thing to me. Also I inquired about the BRCA test because of my family history. She had told me that I could have blood drawn and sent in, but it would be very costly. Which at the time detoured me from doing so. So I went home with out a breast exam and not doing the BRCA Test.
To this day, I wonder if she had done the exam would she have found the lump? And or if I had opted for the BRCA test would I have made a choice sooner than 7 months out which would have caught the BC sooner.
I did come to realize that if you have someone in your family with BRCA that your insurance is required to cover it and or you only have to pay up to $300.00 dollars for the test, not $3000.00. So do not hesatate when you are told otherwise.
Since finding the lump I did my BRCA gene test and it came back positive for BRCA 1. I had a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction and chemotherapy. It has been a long journey for my family and I, and took a huge toll on my body. I wonder if I had known before finding out on my own, if I would have opted for prophylactic surgery.
But I can now go forth with prophylactic oophorectomy. I am in the process of seeing a surgeon and planning to have the oophorectomy and hysterectomy by the New Year 2011. I will be turning 40 next August that will be 4 years out from my breast cancer. And I plan on celebrating many more birthdays alive and well.