We Are Young (my cousin’s story)

My cousin wrote a piece the other day about Angelina Jolie’s article, what it’s like to be 22 with the family history we have and her thoughts about the possibility she *might* also get breast cancer at some point *if* she has the faulty gene like I do. Here’s an excerpt:

“I am 22 years old. I know that, if statistics and my family history are anything to go by, if I do have the faulty gene I’m currently at a ‘safe age’. But I know I won’t be forever, and I also know that every time I see statistics that talk about the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene faults the numbers before the percentage sign that denote chances of developing cancer make me seize up and struggle to catch my breath.

I’m 22 years old but I have more science, medicine and family insight on my side than my grandmother and great aunt would have had over 40 years ago. Every day since my cousin suggested I have genetic testing I’m plagued with worry about the possibility of possessing the faulty BRCA2 gene.”

The full article is here:

Nice one, SL. Looking forward to meeting up with you again soon. xxx

Now I know that I’m not
all that you got
I guess that I,
I just thought…
maybe we could find new ways to fall apart
But our friends are back
so let’s raise the cup
’cause I found someone to carry me home

we are young.
So let’s set the world on fire,
we can burn brighter
than the sun

Lyrics to “We are young” by “fun” – Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Jeffrey Bhasker