This is a collection of stories shared by individuals who are of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and have a BRCA gene mutation. It is our hope that these personal stories help others understand and face their risk of inheriting BRCA gene mutations. Please contact Lauren Corduck at if you would like to share your "I am Oneinforty" story here.

Jessica's "I am Oneinforty" Story

"In 1996, when I was 10 years old, my mother died of breast cancer on her 36th birthday. Her death, along with the fact that her grandmother and two great aunts had also died of breast cancer, prompted my aunt (my mother’s sister) to get tested for a BRCA mutation in the early 2000s."

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Susan's "I am Oneinforty" Story

"While being aware of my BRCA1 positive status did not prevent me from being diagnosed with ovarian/fallopian tube cancer, it did allow me to avoid what almost certainly would have evolved into to advanced ovarian cancer. Fortunately, the cancer was detected so early that no chemotherapy or radiation was required." 

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Sheila's "I am Oneinforty" Story

"I am alive today because I had genetic testing. Three years ago at age 72 I received an email from my first cousin whom I had not heard from in a long time...My cousin wanted to let me know that she had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, after a genetic test, discovered she had the BRCA2 gene mutation."

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Debra's "I am Oneinforty" Story

"My name is Debra and I am that one in forty Ashkenazi Jew that has a BRCA gene mutation. I think my story is compelling evidence for every Ashkenazi Jew to get tested for the BRCA gene mutations. If it hadn’t been for the BRCA test, I wouldn’t be here today."

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