A Message of Encouragement from Breast Cancer Survivor, Taylor Olsson

My name is Taylor, I am 26 years old, and on September 12, 2018, I will be receiving a Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy as I am BRCA 2 positive.

My maternal grandmother, mother, and maternal aunt were all diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 33-40.

My grandmother Liz Hyatt was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at 40 years old, fought for 4 years and passed at the young age of 44.

My mother Debbie Hyatt was diagnosed at age 37 with Stage 1 breast cancer, and valiantly overcame this awful disease.

Shortly after my mother was originally diagnosed, her younger sister Lisa Hyatt-Chargualaf was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 33. She fought vigorously for 6 years and succumbed to the disease on 8/24/2017 at 39 years old.

When I was 18 years old, I was tested by my mother and aunts surgeon for the BRCA mutation and discovered I was positive. After the surgeon’s recommendation of waiting until I was 25 to make any decisions, I ultimately decided last year to receive this surgery.

My family has endured so much pain and heartache because of this disease and have proven to be stronger than we ever have before.

These 3 women are the epitome of strength and perseverance and should inspire so many people fighting or co-fighting. Even though my mother lost her mother and younger sister, I hope people can find some inspiration to fight for as long as they possibly can, and live life to the absolute fullest every day you are able to.

I know I do.

 

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