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I re­mem­ber the day I found out that I car­ried the BRCA 1 gene mu­ta­tion.

I didn’t know what to think or how to feel. What I was sure about was that I needed to be proac­tive and start hav­ing sur­veil­lance. I had my ovaries checked once be­fore I was di­ag­nosed with stage 3 ovar­ian can­cer at the age of 27. I had six cy­cles of chemo­ther­apy and rad­i­cal de­bulk­ing surgery. In Novem­ber 2016, I found out that I was in re­mis­sion.

I am now at the Mars­den ev­ery three weeks to have Avastin (an IV main­te­nance drug).

When I re­flect on ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened over the last six months, and think about the jour­ney I am still go­ing on, there is no doubt it has a huge im­pact on my fam­ily and friends.

My friend ex­plained this well in an ar­ti­cle she wrote for the blog I started when I was di­ag­nosed in June 2016. She wrote: “It is an emo­tional roller­coaster, not just for Laura but for all those who love her.”

The sup­port I have, and con­tinue to have, from fam­ily and friends is in­cred­i­ble. They helped me with phys­i­cal things I could not do af­ter my surgery, they eat healthy food with me, do phys­io­ther­apy ex­er­cises with me or just sit and laugh with me.

It is so help­ful hav­ing fam­ily and friends send­ing me texts to make me smile and con­tinue to push for­ward, or just re­mind­ing me that I’m in their prayers. Chai Can­cer Care came into my life just be­fore I had my surgery, which was an anx­ious time for me. Af­ter an ini­tial meet­ing, Chai just seemed to know what I needed. They ar­ranged for me to have a mas­sage and speak to one of their in­cred­i­ble coun­sel­lors be­fore my surgery. On the day of my surgery they called me to let me know they were think­ing of me.

Af­ter I was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, they or­gan­ised for me to work with their great phys­io­ther­a­pists, to see the coun­sel­lor and to have treat­ments. This is some­thing that I con­tinue to do.

I think about my can­cer jour­ney as box­ing matches. I won the first match be­cause I am in re­mis­sion, and Chai was a very im­por­tant team mem­ber. I have now started my sec­ond match. The aim is to hold my po­si­tion as cham­pion and once again Chai is there for both me and my fam­ily.

They are there to cel­e­brate with me, help me deal with tricky times, help me man­age my fears about my health, and help me get back to the things that de­fine me as Laura Moses.

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