After Heather’s mother passed away at age 44 of gastric cancer, and losing her grandfather to this disease, she wanted to do everything in her power to be proactive about her health risks, especially for her husband and daughter.
At the age of 30, she was referred from her hometown clinic to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where she met with a genetic counselor and decided to proceed with genetic testing.
In July 2015, Heather learned that she tested positive for the CDH1 mutation and started doing endoscopies every 6 months. It was a little over a year from when she found out she tested positive for the mutation that she chose to have her prophylactic total gastrectomy.
She is doing wonderfully and is enjoying her “new normal.”
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