Zoe's Story

I’m 28 and I'm struggling to make my decision. I don’t know whether to be tested or not. I don't have anyone in my family to talk to about it. It's just Dad and me. My Mum died of breast cancer when I was 16 and so did her two sisters. I have seen a genetics counsellor but that was all facts, percentages and medical stuff, they told me I can test if I want to because there's enough family history but that it might come back inconclusive. The generation before my Mum, so my great grandmother had breast cancer and one of her sisters had ovarian cancer. So it looks like there's a good chance that it's in the family.

Some days I want to be tested, some days I don’t.Sometimes I think if I get it (cancer that is) they’ll treat it. Then I think “don’t be so stupid Zoe, get tested, take control of your life and be more practical about managing your health”!

What to do?

I need more practical information so I am sending this to be put on The Gift of Knowledge site because this is the stuff I need to know about. How did you make your decisions, do you have any regrets, and what are they? How sore were you? What support did you need?

I can't talk about it with my Dad and my friends don’t know I’m contemplating this. So I can’t put my photo to my story. I hope that one day I can and one day I have a good story to share.

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