Alyssa's Survivor Scarf Soiree
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer twice. The first time, in early 1990, she went through months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The second time, in 2001, she again had months of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy after finding out she is BRCA1 positive, which increases breast cancer risk by 80%.
Many of you know my story…I had a baby in January 2016. One spring day about 5 months later, I felt something not quite right while breastfeeding. Knowing I too am BRCA1 positive, I had all my screenings done prior to pregnancy. Unfortunately though, biopsy results showed I had Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.
I started chemo in July 2016, which was the most difficult part of my journey, especially with a baby. I pushed through, taking one day at a time, finishing in December after 16 rounds of chemo. I then had a double mastectomy in January of this year, and completed my last surgery in May. I’m now thrilled to say I have fully recovered from this awful disease!
In October 2016, my sister, who is also BRCA1 positive, pursued risk reducing surgery after my Cancer diagnosis, which was a very brave and difficult decision to make. Unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made in order to prevent this horrible disease from ever forming.
History repeats itself, and for me, it was eye-opening. Not only were my mom and I both diagnosed, but when my mom and I were treated decades apart, we had the same awful (albeit life-saving) chemo drugs. The breast cancer death rate is down and we’ve certainly made a lot of progress, but there is still so much work to be done.
This Survivor Scarf Soiree is not just a celebration of my journey, but a way to make progress. The scarves will be donated to Winthrop Infusion Center where I was treated, helping other women battle this disease. Donations will go to Susan G. Komen NYC, contributing to research to find better treatments, and ultimately, to finally finding a cure.
Thank you for celebrating generously with me.
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