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Life insurance for a mortgage

Started by Lorna M in Insurance. Last reply by Caroline shelton May 23. 6 Replies

HI thereI have the BRCA 1 gene deformity and have lost my Mum and sister to Ovarian cancer.  My husband and I are seeking life cover for our mortgage - when I last applied for a mortgage not all of above had occurred/was known to me.I have also had…Continue

Pain clinic... Help!!

Started by Laura Friend in I need advice, have a question, can you help? May 16. 0 Replies

I've just had my appointment with my consultant today six weeks post op (second op for investigation with an infection found so my implant was exchanged) he still seems unsure what is going on as my symptoms are still the same as before and I feel…Continue

The pill and Brca1

Started by Sally in I need advice, have a question, can you help?. Last reply by Sally May 16. 3 Replies

So I've been taking the combined pill for over 8 years now, and only when I went to see the genetic counsellor did I find out it increases your risk of breast cancer. Being BRCA1 + this worries me somewhat..especially as my mother also brca1 was…Continue

BRCA protect research

Started by Caroline in Cancer and the BRCA gene. Last reply by Shelley Saunders-Jones May 14. 4 Replies

Just a reminder to all you lovely ladies out there in BRCA land to try and get involved in the research program that's been carried out in University College London Hospital. It's all very simple, I signed up last week when I saw the link Caroline…Continue

Advice on preventative surgery

Started by Victoria in Preventative Surgery. Last reply by Ondine Sherwood May 14. 3 Replies

Hi there, I wanted to ask some advice on surgeons and bilateral preventative masectomy surgery with immediate reconstruction. I am BRAC 2 + and have decided on preventative surgery but am concerned about chosing the right surgeon. I am under the…Continue

Prophylactic Oophorectomy

Started by carly lucas in Preventative Surgery. Last reply by Tracy Kewley May 13. 2 Replies

I am a 39 year old mum of 2 who has already undergone a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction.  On the 14th June I will be having my ovaries removed and I will be seeing my consultant in a weeks time to confirm the type of HRT I will go on.  I…Continue

north yorkshire meet up

Started by Caroline shelton in Preventative Surgery May 8. 0 Replies

Hi ladies,Calling yorkshire Brca members! We will  be meeting up for a cuppa, chat and hopefully cake on the 21st May at the corner cupboard near thirsk.Please come along if you can, would be lovely to meet you all and share our experiences.Let me…Continue

Day 2 Post Surgery

Started by Stephanie in New here? Why not introduce yourself... Last reply by Laura Friend May 4. 3 Replies

Hi I'm new here. I'm 34 living in the West Midlands. I had my surgery on Thursday, bilateral risk reducing double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I came yesterday, feeling bit sore and tender today and muscles aching all over but otherwise…Continue

My first operation complete

Started by Laura ( Beth) Robinson in Preventative Surgery. Last reply by Barbara Flood Apr 27. 3 Replies

Hello all my fellow BRCA sisters,Thursday I had my first of two surgeries needed for cancer risk reduction.I'm recovering well that's still pretty darn painful in my abdomen.I'm feeling hopeful about this it was hard for me to believe that I had to…Continue

Introducing myself

Started by Jenny Mitchell in New here? Why not introduce yourself... Last reply by gill baker Apr 27. 4 Replies

Hello, I have known about my BRCA1 status since 2003 and have long since come to terms with it.  In fact, I would have been more shocked if it was a negative result, having watched my mum battle breast cancer three times ages 29, 40 and 51.  Sadly…Continue


Blog Posts

Fund raiser

Posted by Samantha on May 17, 2016 at 14:13 1 Comment

MY BRCA Story so far..

Posted by Sally on May 8, 2016 at 18:01 2 Comments


Posted by Nik watchman on April 26, 2016 at 21:09 0 Comments

I'm Alive!

Posted by Katie Whitehead on April 24, 2016 at 18:30 0 Comments

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