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Knowledge is power. How many times have you heard that one? Do you believe it? I certainly do. This might lead you to believe that deciding to undergo genetic testing was an easy decision for me to make, but you’d be wrong. I know it is an easy choice for some, but for me it was not.

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Thank you very much to all who entered my giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of “Letters to Doctors” by Jonathan D. Herman, M.D. and Teri Smieja! A huge thank you to Teri for being so willing to share her story not only at Nancy’s Point, but day in and day out here, there and everywhere. Teri, you inspire us!

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I’m pleased and excited to feature a guest post today by Teri Smieja, my friend, BRCA+ sister and co-author of the new book, Letters to Doctors:  Patients Educating Medical Professionals through Practical True-Life Experiences. Anyone who knows Teri realizes what a dedicated and committed advocate for many she truly is. BRCA+ or not, I know you’ll appreciate reading her story. And again, BRCA+ or not, after you’re finished reading be sure to sign up for my giveaway and a chance to win a FREE copy of Letters to Doctors for yourself or to donate.

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November is a month of transitions. In my little corner of the world, it generally gets chillier with each passing day. Daylight decreases. A lot. Skies seem grayer. Weather forecasters start inserting into their forecasts words like freezing rain, snow flurries,  weather advisories and sometimes even winter storm warnings. 

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I am pleased to feature another guest post during HBOC Week written by a young previvor who made some big decisions that no one her age (or any age) should have to make. Thanks for sharing your story, Carly. Women like you and Helen might not be celebrities, but your stories matter just as much – maybe more. 

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I am pleased and excited to offer not one, but two guest posts this week during Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. The first is from previvor Helen Smith. Helen faced her astoundingly painful family history of cancer head on and made tough life-altering decisions to try to keep cancer at bay.

Thank you, Helen, for sharing your story.

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Sandwiched right in there during the last days of September and first days of October is the week known as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. It’s strategically assigned to this calendar slot – a bridge of sorts between September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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