A Constant Reminder: Stacey’s Story
Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer
When was the first day of your last period?
That’s the question the nurse asked me at my annual gynecological exam on Friday.
Here’s what I said: I don’t get my period anymore.
Here’s what I wanted to say: I don’t get my period anymore because I had to have my ovaries removed after I went through treatment for breast cancer. I have the BRCA2 mutation, which increases my risk for ovarian cancer. So, no, I don’t get my period anymore and I’m in menopause at the age of 41. I know its not your fault, and I’ve never met you before so you’re probably new, since I’ve been coming here every few months over the last 2 years…but shouldn’t that detail about no longer getting periods be in my chart? What’s the point of having a chart if no one looks at it before talking to me?
Prior to this question from…
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