Breast cancer and dating
After eating a delicious breakfast at Hot Suppa we headed out to see the coast.
Waves were crashing, catapulting over rocks, reminding me of Mother Nature's great strength. As we prepared to go to the gallery I thought about seeing these photographs hanging on the wall, the life Jen and I had together, and the emotions that would surely pour out of me.
I hope more than anything that people will see that these photographs are about love and life, about following your dreams and never letting go..matter how hard life gets.
In the four years since actress Angelina Jolie went public with her decision to have mastectomies to prevent breast cancer, the BRCA tumor-suppressor genes have achieved a level of popular fame rarely seen in the world of genetics.
It still feels unreal that all of this even happened, that Jen isn't physically here any more..I can't hold her.
Sure enough, the minute I walked into the gallery I felt that feeling in my stomach - the reality that Jen passed. People have responded to our story with incredible kindness and Jen's legacy is growing into something beautiful, something that is inspiring people all over the world to embrace life.
The day before the closing event my brother Frank and I made the 12 hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio, to Portland.
We faced a bit of rain but the sun ultimately made it's way through the clouds... The next morning we woke up rested and ready to explore Portland.
Her sister, who had not received genetic testing when she was diagnosed with stage 2A cancer in 2007, had the mutation, as well. “But my awareness was heightened and I knew there was no missing mammograms after that.” After her sister’s breast cancer diagnosis, Brown had adhered to a six-month regimen of alternating MRIs and mammograms.One of these is PALB2, a gene that works to repair broken strands of DNA.Without PALB2, unrepaired DNA accumulates, potentially leading to uncontrolled growth and proliferation of abnormal cells and an increased risk of cancer.The Elkins Park woman, 45, was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer (also known as ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, because it is confined to the milk ducts) this year.Her sister, Kristin Mc Hugh, 51, had Stage 2A breast cancer.
Her mother, Maria Shroy, 73, developed thyroid cancer. In addition, relatives who developed cancer before genetic testing became available include Brown’s father’s two sisters, both of whom had breast cancer, and her maternal grandmother, who had pancreatic and cervical cancer.