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Posts by Alyssa Wilson

Breast Cancer, BRCA 1 Triple Negative

My name is Alyssa and I was diagnosed BRCA 1 triple negative stage two at 26 years old. My diagnosis came March 29th 2019. The same week my boyfriend and I closed on our house, two weeks before my birthday and in the midst of grad school. I received my phone call while driving to my new house, boxes loaded in the back. There is no preparation for a phone call like that. I was angry and confused, but mostly angry. After all, my doctors told me I had nothing to worry about being I am young. My family and I had no time to fully digest what was happening. Our thoughts were driven toward doctors, biopsies, research and mammograms. BRCA? Triple negative? These were words we’ve never heard of. At the time we thought there was no trace of breast cancer within my family. We pulled out the family tree and started crossing out “potentials” one by one. Finally, my dads cousin ( whom he’s only met once or twice) was diagnosed with BRCA 1 years ago. My gene “mutation” was no longer a mystery.

Never Underestimate Love

by Alyssa Wilson January 22, 2020

What I can say is that it took me a near death experience to learn to be a softer person, to love more deeply, and to know that some people can’t handle your diagnoses but its important to put you first. The body is an amazing thing, be careful of your words, never underestimate love and on the days you think you can’t make it, know that you can.