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Do You Have A History Of BC In Your Family Or Were You The First One?

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susie09
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I was the first one, as far as I know, to have bc in my family. What about you?

♠♣ Love, Susie ♠♣

pixie2011
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I am the first to be diagnosed in my family also - I am 49 and was diagnosed in June 2011.

Judy

cinnamonsmile
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Diagnosed at 42, first one in family for breast cancer,but not first for cancer

Rague
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I am the first in at least 4 generations on both sides of my family to be DX'd with any form of cancer.

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LoveBabyJesus
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My great-grandmom died of bc. My grandmom died of ovarian. My mom is healthy-thank God! Now I got bc.

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creampuff91344
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I was the first one on either side of my family to be diagnosed. I only have one female sibling, and she has not had b/c, but died at 53 of a massive heart attack. My daughter also died of a stroke/massive heart attack at age 40. Guess I should have been more prone to have heart problems, but was blessed with breast cancer. You never know. Hugs, Judy

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Kylez
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I am the first one in my family to be diagnosed with bc. It seems like most of us are the first.

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LoveBabyJesus
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forgot to mention my great-aunt died of bc too. Two great-uncles had prostate cancers (one is a survivor, alleluia!)

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jessiesmom1
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I am in the only one in my family to have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. My children have gotten a raw deal as my husband (their father) is a colon cancer survivor. We are both in remission - me 15 months and my husband 4 years.

IRENE

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Lighthouse_7
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But someone in my family told me that they thought my great grandma had it but they were not sure.

Also my Aunt (dad's sister) did get it at 85 and had lumpectomy with radiation, but I always said that she got it so late in life that most people wouldn't even know if they had already passed. Crazy way to look at it, but I guess I have some history.

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DebbyM
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I was the first in my family to be diagnosed with bc. Lucky me, huh. I just pray no one else ever is diagnosed with it, or, any cancer.

Hugs, Debby

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Different Ballgame
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Dear Susie,

My only cousin, Carol, had breast cancer at the age of 40. She had a single mastectomy. She died 5 years later. She was my mother's niece (daughter of my mother's sister).

My sister had 4th stage lung cancer and died at 54. My mother had carcinoma of vulva and died at 74. So...cancer is in my family, but each one of us, except for my cousin and me, had different cancers. I find this fact interesting.

It's also interesting that, so far, the women who have posted are the first ones in their family to have breast cancer.

Lots of Hugs,
Janelle

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grams2jc
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My dad's sister died of ovarian cancer in the early 1970s at 53y/o. We were always told it was uterine until after my dx when we pinned down one of her daughters...guess you didn't really talk about the details back then. No other cancer in the family, but hey, I am also the family history for rheumatoid arthritis. It is somebody else's turn for the next fun thing.

Jennifer

GMcD
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There is much cancer on both sides of my family, colorectal, prostate, lung, melanoma but I am the first with bc that I know of.

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Linedancer54
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I'm the only one that I know of.Mom died with lung cancer. Dad died of AML( bad form of leukemia)An Aunt died of ovarian cancer. I have no sisters.

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DianeBC
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I'm the first and only one to have bc. There is mostly heart disease in my family, not cancer.

Jennifer1961
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Had a grandmother, aunt, cousin and second cousin.

disneyfan2008
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FIRST for BC...and first for U.C. (19 yrs)

Denise

waffle8
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45 at diagnosis ! Found out after great gma had bc but she lived to be 90's! That's the part I like to hear!

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mamolady
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2 great aunts, one aunt, 1 sister and me! Unfortunately I have 2 daughters and 2 grand daughters...... :(

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susie09
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So many of us are the first ones to have bc. I just pray we are the last!

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Ballerina
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I am the first to be diagnosed with bc in my family but not cancer.

Ballerina

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sea60
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And I sure pray it stays that way.

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Megan M
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No history, I am the first and praying the last one!

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RE
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I had an aunt that had it, my mom had cancer 4 times, my sister had it 3 times and I have had it 3 times.

RE

mjjones453
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I thought that I was the first one, but found out my grandmother had a sister that had breast cancer. My mom had a diagnosis a year after me. I have a lot of cancer in the family, Pancreatic, Bladder, Ovarian, Lung, and Breast. You would think that some where there is a cancer gene, I guess not discovered yet.

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DebbyM
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Re, you are someone I have always admired on here and looked up to. You are a true warrior!

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RE
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Debby thank you for your kind words, we are all warriors and I count myself blessed to have found you all.

♥ RE ♥

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DebbyM
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Re, you are someone I have always admired on here and looked up to. You are a true warrior!

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Noel
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I'm the first!

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mariam_11_09
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diagnosed at 43. There is so little cancer in our family, only one case of colon - my great grandfather.

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debi.18
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My grandmother and aunt were both diagnosed with BC. Both are fine now. My grandmother is 90~. FYI, was tested for the BRCA gene and was negative. Hopefully, I'll be the last in my family to have this nasty beast!

Lynn Smith
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I was the 3rd one dx. First my mom at age 21 in 1941.She lived 60 years.My 30 year old niece was dx 2005 at the age of 30. In AUG 2009 I was dx at age 62.

My mom had a single masectomy, my niece had a double masectomy and I had 2 lumpectomies.1 benign and 1 malignant.

I worry about my granddaugters.I had no daughters.

Lynn Smith

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Kristin N
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As far as I know, I am the first to have bc in my family.

♥ Kristin ♥

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laughs_a_lot
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Grandma had it and was cancer free for 20 years. She got cancer aqain at age 80 but it was not related to her bc. Her long survival rate from bc gave me a lot of hope as she survied with only a masectomy. They didn't do chemo or radiation in those days.

Lynn Smith
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I know what you mean about no chemo and radiation.My mom lived 60 years.Just amazes me now after being dx myself and kowning chemo or radiation is almost Always done. I didn't have either with DCIS non invasive and localized 1/2 centimeter tumor.Sometimes I think t "Should I've at least had radiation".

Lynn Smith

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Double Whammy
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but it wasn't talked about and there's really no one to ask anymore. My maternal grandfather had prostate or bladder cancer (again, it wasn't talked about). My bad family medical history is primarily heart disease.

So - I have minimal, and not first degree relatives, family history of cancer of any kind. I never dreamed I'd have cancer, let alone 2 primary cancers at the same time.

Suzanne

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skipper54
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I discovered, when my dad was diagnosed with non-hodgekins lymphoma, that his maternal grandmother died of breast cancer. No one knew until the funeral director told them - she was too embarassed to go to the doctor. What a waste! But people didn't talk about it back then. Two aunts, my mother's sisters, have had other kinds of cancer. It's a roll of the dice, so to speak.

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Christmas Girl
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From both sides of my family. For any type of cancer.

Kind regards, Susan

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Angie2U
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In my family, I'm the first. There are a few other cancers, but, not bc.

survivorbc09
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Laughs a lot, your Grandmother give us all hope and encouragement!

Jan

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Heatherbelle
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I was the first one at age 34. My mom at 60 was diagnosed 2 months after I was. Then my mom told me that she did have a cousin who passed away in her 40's of breast cancer. I did also test positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

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Mitzi333
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Unfortunatley My mother, her mom and my sister had breast cancer. Other cancers... my dad pancreatic, my brother lukemia, and niece also pancreatic cancer.

All above have passes away, except my sister, whose been in remission for several years. I also have a daughter I pray never has to experience this. I also have an older sister that has not experienced it either.

I tested negative for the Braca 1 gene mutation.

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Mitzi, your history sounds like mine. I have 2 sisters, my paternal grandmother, and 3 great aunts that have had breast cancer. My dad and his brothers (he didn't have any sisters) all had colon cancer. I also had a paternal aunt with colon cancer. Most all of the cancer comes from my dad's side. My younger sister and I tested negative for BRCA also.

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Noel
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The first and praying the last!

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Kristin N
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I did find out that apparently my Dad's sister had bc. I guess she was keeping it quiet and I didn't know, so, I wasn't the first.

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MellieMc
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I was the first BC as far as I know.

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CypressCynthia
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I have a terrible family history of cancer, but my physicians tell me that I am the exception to the rule.

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GreeneyedGirl
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I was the first~and I hope the Last!

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sinee
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they can toss that theory out the window~

survivorbc09
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The first and wish I wasn't, but, if anyone had to, I am glad it was me.

Jan

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