Nov 10, 2021 Latest post:
Jun 11, 2022
Crazy to think I'm even writing this right now as I knew this day might come sometime in my life, just not now.
In 2017, I got tested for a genetic mutation and found out I was BRCA 2+. My father's mother died of breast cancer at 44 as well as my aunt at 51, which set off a wave of testing in our family. After my dad found out he was positive for the gene, my two sisters and I decided to get tested as well. Two of us tested positive, the other was damn lucky.
Having this gene gives us an 80% chance of developing breast cancer. Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 I found out I was diagnosed, triple negative, grade 3, 31 years old. Stage 3.
How I found out: In July I felt a small lump (about pea size). At first I thought it was a clogged milk duct, so I went into my breast center and they told me with 100% certainty it was a cyst and I wouldn’t need any screenings. The cyst started growing and it started effecting my day to day, so I went in to get it drained...this was 3 months later. They then performed an ultrasound and told me there was no fluid, so I needed a biopsy, which ultimately came back as cancer.
Right now, I'm starting IVF to freeze my eggs so I can have many many more babies. Then the plan is to do 6 months of chemo, then surgery to remove the tumor, radiation, then a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction.
This site was created so I could share updates with family and friends.
Love you all. Xoxo. Amber
Ps. If you’d like to help in any way, Josh’s wonderful family set up a GoFundMe. Otherwise thoughts and prayers are more than enough. ❤️