Vanessa Schmelzer Bilateral Masectomy

First post: 6/1/2017 Latest post: 6/5/2017


Back in November of last year I decided it was finally time to look into a breast reduction.

My family history, in a very condensed version, has a gene mutation known as BRCA 1, on my mothers side. Which means 65-80% chance of developing breast cancer and also a chance of ovarian cancer as well.

So I went into Hematology and got my blood drawn to see if I carried this gene as well. They took down my family history, explained everything to much, or at least tried to. then told me I would hear back in up to two weeks.

It took about a week and I found out that I too was positive. To be quite honest I had that feeling in my gut, that I already knew I was positive and it was not a shock.

the next step was to go to the piper breast center, have a mammogram and 28 and continue with my options.

I went and consulted a wonderful surgeon and the same plastic surgeon my family has used. Both physicians are amazing I must say.


I am so thankful for caring bridge and being able to get any words out to anyone who is also thinking about prevention before cancer.


I'm not going to lie. It's emotional. It's a lot of soul searching and wanting to be healthy. I want to be around as long as possible for my family. Even if my body is not beautiful anymore, at this moment while I cry myself to sleep.


Please do not feel like you have to donate or do anything but say a prayer for my family In this time of need.


Those of you who can help donate a little towards my hospital bills, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I don't have paid time off, or sick leave due to being a full-time nursing student and working part time. I have a go fund me page started for my medical bills if anyone would want to help me and my family out.


"May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. Ruth 2:12"







(forgive me if my spelling or grammar is off, its currently 11 pm the night of my surgery and my pain meds are making it difficult to write)

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