When I was 9 years old, my mom passed away from Breast Cancer. I never met her mother because she died from Breast Cancer before I was born. When I was 22, I was tested for the BRCA genetic mutation. It was positive for the BRCA2 gene and through no act of my own, I was lumped into the “you will get cancer” group.
With this diagnosis every 3-6 months I see one of my 3 doctors to make sure I don’t have cancer yet. Every 3-6 months I have to explain to another technician why I’m 27 years old and my doctor has ordered yet another Mammogram/MRI/Ultrasound. Every 3-6 months I remember how thankful I am that President Obama made sure that I have health insurance.
During this years’ election, I cast my vote solely based on who I thought would fight to make sure that I will continue to have health insurance and that insurers are prohibited from denying me coverage because I have the BRCA2 gene. She did not win. I am now asking you to be my voice in this country; please fight for me and every other woman who will face what I am now facing.
On February 20th, I will undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy with breast reconstruction. This surgery is made possible for me under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, I won’t have to worry about what I will have to tell my Dad if they find a tumor. Under the Affordable Care Act, I am able to take back some control of my life.
Senator, when I was 9 years old, I started to worry, “what will happen when I get cancer?” In 2017, I ask you to help make sure that no other little girl ever has that worry.