My Story

March 18, 2009, my life was changed forever when Tracey Leedom (Duke Geneticist) conveyed to me that I was a carrier of the CDH1 genetic change that my mother and grandmother have.

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!!

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Well, today is Valentine's Day but it is also my 6 month post-op anniversary!!!I have to say that it has been a tough road, very tough at times but I am proud of myself.  ... Read more

Michelle Hazinski signed Bethany's Guestbook.

I love you Bethany!  I'm so glad that you are doing so great these days!  You have been such an awesome example of strength and I admire you so much!  Thanks for your ... Read more

Kimberly Dallas Pardue signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Hey Bethany!  I didn't realize you had been through all of this.  So glad you are doing well!  Love the new look! Read more

Leesa Knapp signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Hi Bethany! Just wanted to say (again) how much I have enjoyed keeping up with how you are doing. I'm impressed you're going to become a 911 Operator, I think that's ... Read more

Michelle Hazinski signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Bethany!  That is such a Beautiful picture of you!  I am so happy for you and I look forward to seeing to soon!!! Much Love, Read more

Nancy Owen signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Happy Valentine's Day and 6 month anniversary!  I am glad you are doing better.  Good luck with the new career path, I think you will be great in that position you are ... Read more

Bethany Tucker posted a new journal entry.

Well, today is Valentine's Day but it is also my 6 month post-op anniversary!!!I have to say that it has been a tough road, very tough at times but I am proud of myself.  ... Read more

Julie Foster signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Bethany,  Congrats!  I knew in my heart everything would be OK, I really did.  The Lord carries us when we don't know our way, which for me seems to be ALL the time ... Read more

Nancy Owen signed Bethany's Guestbook.

I am just beginning to read your journal and wanted to get in touch when I saw your recent note.  My name is Nancy Owen.  I am two years out from my stomach cancer ... Read more

Bethany Tucker posted a new journal entry.

Well next Thursday will mark 5 months post-op.  While I am doing well physically, mentally I am not really alright.  I think I need some counseling.  I have had to ... Read more

Brian Chelcun signed Bethany's Guestbook.

Bethany - so glad to hear the endoscopy has helped!!!  For me it was night and day, and now almost 7 months after the dilation I have only had maybe 1-2 instances of ... Read more

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