During Amy’s treatment, she was tested and confirmed BRCA1 Positive. Her sister had previously died of Breast Cancer in 2008, and it was later discovered that she did have extensive family history of the cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, this was not widely known or discussed. One of Amy’s aunts passed away from Ovarian Cancer, and her Grandmother passed away from Breast Cancer.
My point is this: Amy had extensive family history of Female Cancers, yet I was completely unaware of this fact until after her diagnosis. Even had I known, I’m not sure if I would have known that it increased her risk or that we needed to do anything differently. Looking back, we would likely have taken a completely different approach when Amy started experiencing symptoms.