This gene is the cause of Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) and lobular breast cancer and I now have an 83% chance of getting the same stomach cancer my mom had at age 32 and again at 48. I also have a 39% chance of getting lobular breast cancer but this is easier to detect and can be monitored through regular screening.
The only known thing to give me zero chances of contracting the gastric cancer is to have a prophylactic (preventative) total gastrectomy or "TG" as I will refer to in my journal. I have decided to have this surgery because I do not want to go through all the pain and suffering my mother endured twice with this cancer. It is slow growing and almost impossible to detect.
Seeing my mom and so many others make it through a TG without astounding side effects has empowered me to move forward with this surgery. I hope you will follow me through it. Thank you so much for all the prayers that have been said, flowers that have been sent and phone calls that have been made to me. I really appreciate it!!