Should I get genetic testing for breast cancer…or NOT? (plus join me for a breast cancer fundraiser)

We just celebrated Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. The leaves are changing. The sun has been brilliant and warm. I made fresh soup (lots of it). My husband and I cleaned and organized the house in preparation for our first move from our home of the past 19 years (more to come on that – super excited!). And we shared some valuable “family-time” out of our daily nine-to-five routine. What could be better…honestly!

I have so much to give thanks for.

Love. Family. Dreams-coming-true. Good health.

Ah yes, good health…a place my thoughts have gone to a lot lately. Partially because of the other significant thing that October represents…breast cancer awareness month.  When I was 16, I didn’t know much about cancer and certainly didn’t know you could be diagnosed with cancer in your “breast.” How bizarre!

One year later, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only 41. Awareness was limited then, not at all like the “PINK” phenomenon we know today. Since that time, while breast cancer awareness has increased rapidly, the disease continues to rear it’s ugly head in my family and across the globe, as the most common cancer in women worldwide.

Since my mother was diagnosed, four of her five sisters have been diagnosed with breast cancer, along with three of her first cousins.  (My mother died in 1997 from a secondary cancer, colon cancer, which was diagnosed 12 yrs later). Crazy as it may be, I never considered genetic testing “seriously” until this year, as my mom’s youngest sister continues to undergo treatment.

With all the news about Angelina Jolie’s choice to undergo genetic testing and a subsequent double mastectomy, combined with my maternal family history, my sister and I have been asking the question, “Should I get genetic testing for breast cancer or not?”… A LOT lately.

I have always been of the mindset, that even if we were to get the testing done, and it revealed that we carry the gene, it is still NOT a guarantee that we WILL be diagnosed with breast cancer in our lifetime. Feels like an exercise of fear of, “what if” something happens.

But then there is the other side of the debate, prevention, which I think about. I’m still young. I have three little girls, a hubby, a growing business and a long bucket list of accomplishments still to be realized…the thought of being slowed down by this disease and the inconvenience it would create is less than appealing. No two boobies are worth that.

Reading up on it only offers more confusion with countless arguments both FOR and AGAINST it as an effective prevention of the disease, and many experts still labeling it as extreme and unnecessary in many cases.

So the question remains…to test or not to test?

Of course it doesn’t end there, testing means that we have to give some thought to what we do with the results.

It’s a BIG old complicated issue, but as with many other women with a strong family history of the disease, like mine, it’s the elephant in the room. I’m thinking about it. I’ll keep you posted as to my next steps and would love to hear your personal experiences.

In the meantime, I’ve created a little fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, called AMAZING YOU! I’d love you to join us for an afternoon that will inspire and empower women to live their most AMAZING life, while having fun, and helping raise money for a good cause.

Mark your calendar for this Sunday October 20th, in Toronto, from 2-5pm.

Join us to get unSTUCK * Motivated * Ready for change * Committed to living well * Dedicated to being healthy * Prepared to BE STRONG * Excited about living ABUNDANTLY * Relaxed with a little Yoga * Educated about SAFE products * Enjoy a MAKEOVER with beautiful, safe Swiss products  * Be part of a fun photo shoot *

Dress comfortably and WEAR PINK to show your support!!!

LocationDanceology 171 East Liberty Street, Suite 109 Toronto, Ontario M6K 3P6 416.588.0111

Confirm your attendance (you’re welcome to bring a guest) by emailing me at IBelieveShesAmazing@gmail.com

There will be products available to purchase with a portion of proceeds to cbcf.ca

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Thank you for being a part of this journey.

Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!

With love and gratitude,

Kim xo

Inspired friend

Founder of the Global Grassroots Movement, “I Believe She’s Amazing” over 2,000,000 followers worldwide

PS – stay tuned for more info about our next event a Mother/Daughter Self Esteem Workshop October 27th 2-5 downtown Toronto. To build strong, healthy relationships with ourselves and our daughters. Inspiration and an open discussion.

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