Nothing can prepare you for the journey that you begin when you find out that you tested positive for BRCA1 (a hereditary gene mutation for aggressive breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other different types of cancers).
Shasta is a single mom and works during the day as a hairstylist/barber. Her and her fiancé have a blended family and currently are learning how to parent two preteens.
While her tattoos may be intimidating, Shasta is the most kind and selfless person.
“Take the sourest lemon that life has to offer you and turn it into something resembling lemonade.”
In 2004, Shasta’s aunt passed away from aggressive breast cancer. The following year, her sister was tested and it came back positive for BRCA1. Knowing that it is a hereditary gene mutation, Shasta knew that she had a 50/50 chance of being a carrier. Her other sister made the decision to also test for the mutation and her results came back negative. The following year, Shasta found a lump in her breast and made the decision to have genetic testing done. Her results came back positive for BRCA1.
With her family by her side, Shasta decided to undergo a double mastectomy and a oophorectomy to remove her Ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
Shasta was able to get through her surgeries and fight to continue living because of her kids and her fiancé.
“I need to be here as long as I can for my children. I’ve overcome so much in my 36 years. I have to keep going.” —Shasta
This is the tightrope Shasta walks.
What tightrope do you walk?