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We interviewed several of our volunteers and we want to share their personal journeys with you.
Hi I am Tammy Li from Tampa, FL.
My life changed when I learned my family carried a BRCA genetic mutation shortly after the birth of my first child. I was 32 at the time. My father passed the genetic mutation on to me, and his mother and two cousins all had ovarian cancer as well as some breast cancer in their 40s. Only one of them survived it. Once I was tested, I was found to carry two mutations and it turns out my mom is a carrier as well.
While I did have two occurrences of melanoma in my 20s and 30s, I was able to avoid both ovarian cancer and breast cancer by having preventive surgeries.
I just turned 50, the first generation in my family to get through the 40s without an ovarian cancer diagnosis. I am focused on not just surviving but thriving for my family and myself.
I am not alone, there are millions of people like me. I feel lucky to have had this knowledge and only wish my Aunt Karla had lived through ovarian cancer to see what a gift she gave me. I am now focused on making a better future with better options for my children.