Episode 3: The Glow of Claudia’s Heart

Before Claudia can undergo her prophylactic double mastectomy she must first make sure her breasts are cancer-free. Watch as she undergoes a mammogram and MRI. She is joined by a new friend and sweetheart.

6 Responses to “Episode 3: The Glow of Claudia’s Heart”

  1. January 1, 2011 at 12:17 am

    You can do that!!!!! One step closer to freedom of mind and no chance of breast cancer. Your heart glows beautifully. Praying for you.

  2. January 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Watching this, I remember when I started my journey. The summer before last I was in that same position. I had been scared to have the MRI and to be in a small space like that. The Dr thought it best to give me something to calm my nerves, I took it on the way to the hospital for the test, and then they had to reschedule me for other reasons lol. So, on the second try I actually had the MRI. My boyfriend was there with me as well. We had been dating for a couple months when I decided I had to tell him what I was about to do. It was very hard for me, but I knew it had to be done. I was crying while I told him, because I expected the worst reaction. And I got the opposite, he said he loved me. And he told me that the only thing he would have a problem with, was if I had the knowledge of my risk and there were options to prevent having to get diagnosed and fighting for my life going through chemo, and did not do it…then he would have a problem. He’s been by my side through every step since. At every appointment, surgery, recovery (sleeping on what he calls a skateboard in the hospital next to my bed), and has taken care of me at home after every surgery. It hasnt always been easy, but hes been there. Many women our age are more scared about what a man will think about them having a mastectomy or a gene mutation, than actually saving their lives. I want them all to know that the right man, will thank you for doing it. If they dont support your choice to live, why would you want to live with them?

  3. January 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Reading your story is right where I am now. Although I am 35 years of age, I am going through exactly what you are. I had the mammogram, MRI, and ultrasounds. I am about to undergo my double mastectomy on Jan 18. With the Holidays, my mind was on everything but my surgery. Now I am getting nervous. How soon is your surgery?

    • January 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Holly! I’m having my surgery next Tuesday, January 11th. These last few days leading up to the surgery are a bit unsettling, huh?! I’m 110% positive we made the right decisions, but the anticipation is just cruel and grueling! Know that we’re in this together and that we’re going to make it to the other side in a matter of days now. Then all we need to do is focus on recovering and settling into our new, beautiful, cancer-free bodies. We’re almost there!!

  4. January 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Dear Claudia,
    Wow…what an amazing young woman you are! And so BRAVE. I have been following along and reading your blogs. I am 49 years young (turning 50 in March), am BRCA1 positive (got results approx. 3 1/2 yrs. ago). I have had my ovaries removed (prohylactic) approx. 2 1/2 years ago. Family history of ovarian and breast cancer in family on Father’s side (aunts, cousins). In my immediate family, one sister with ovarian at age 53 and one sister with invasive triple neg. breast cancer at age 50! Four out of us five sisters are BRCA1 positive. I am getting closer to making my decision on removing my currently healthy breasts this spring, before I get “THE” diagnosis. Reading your blogs and what you are about to do, at your age no less, has been nothing less than inspirational!!! My husband is so very supportive…he wants to know what I am waiting for! I have your surgery date of Jan. 11th marked on my calendar. You and your doctors are in my thoughts and prayers. I could go on and on…but I will end for now.
    You go girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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