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My story begins 15 years ago when my identical twin sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She found a lump when she was in the shower and went right to the emergency room. She called me to tell me that she knew she had breast cancer. I told her not to worry but to get herself checked out. I was terrified deep down inside, but I didnt let her know. She was given a prescription to get an ultrasound and a mammogram. Unfortunately, because she was only 30, they said a mammogram wasnt necessary. They told her they thought they saw a cyst on the ultrasound an sent her away. It was three months later that she noticed the lump got larger. I insisted she see my doctor and she immediately prescribed a mammogram. It was confirmed she had stage IIB breast cancer. Fortunately, we caught it before it spread to the lymph nodes. After my identical twin's diagnosis, they recommended I got checked for the breast cancer gene mutation. I had never heard about it before this. My test result showed that we carried the BRCA-1 gene mutation. I decided to undergo prophylactic surgery to remove my breasts and get immediate reconstruction. I also had my ovaries removed. They said I had an 85-90% of getting breast cancer and that after they did the surgery, they thought I had some abnormal cells already appearing! My twin sister is my hero. She is now a 15 year survivor! She says I saved her life because I insisted she get checked by my doctor, but really she saved mine! Even though I hate that she had breast cancer at such a young age, it really did save me.....I never would have known that I had a time bomb ready to explode!
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