Let’s get the formalities out of the way….

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Welcome to my blog, which after a little nutting about, I decided to call Previvor.   Why Previvor?  What does that even mean?

Naturally I turned to Google and with thanks to Wikipedia I found this description:

The term previvor has been used to describe unaffected carriers, those who have not diagnosed with cancer, but have a survived the predisposition, or higher risk, of cancer due to certain genetic mutations.

The ‘typical’ previvor has tested positive for a BRCA mutation and learned that she is at high risk for developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and is attempting to manage that risk through a combination of increased surveillance through mammograms, breast MRIs and examinations, pelvic ultrasounds, oophorectomy, bilateral mastectomy, and other medical procedures.

Wikipedia also tells us that we are the first generation in human history who, armed with information about a predisposition to a cancer after opting into DNA testing, can make informed choices prior to cancer diagnosis.

I’m a Previvor!  Whenever I write or say those three words, I can’t help but want to burst into song to Beyoncé’s I’m a Survivor!!  One day I might get around to substituting the words to make a really cool song about previvors, something to note down for the future!

So here I am world, online ready and willing to share ideas, stories, experiences, information, pictures, laughter, tears and probably every other emotion that exists in our complex human minds relating to my personal journey as a previvor.

Strap yourselves in; it’s going to be fun!  However, I won’t lie and pretend I’m not a little scared, OK, so probably a LOT (read: sh!t) scared, but I can’t ignore the continual nagging in my head telling me that this is important to do.  Important not only for myself and my beautiful family, but indirectly it’s important for others out there who might be on a similar journey.

My journey so far has resulted in me making the decision to have a Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy (PBM).  This basically means that in the hopes of avoiding future disease, I’m electing to have both breasts surgically removed.  While there’s no 100 percent guarantee, the risk reduction is in the vicinity of 98 to 99 percent.

My official date of surgery is Friday 28 February 2014, just under 6 weeks from today.

I promise to provide more details in each article I write, I already have so much information and so many thoughts to share, so with this first blog out of the way, I would genuinely love you to share my journey with me.

I must warn you though…..be prepared for some very raw personal stories and emotions to be shared, so it could get messy.

Please don’t hang around if you’re squeamish about seeing my breasts, boobies, tits, nipples, hooters or fun bags, because it is inevitable in this process that images will be shared.  I have a supportive husband, two loving daughters who at just 6 and 7 years of age have an understanding of this process at a maturity level that flaws me each and every single day.

I invite you to share my blog link with anyone you feel will enjoy sharing this journey with me.

Thank you for your support.

Yas xxxx

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