Kenzie, a nurse, and her mom Shannon are closer than the average mother and daughter, sharing a love of traveling together and their favorite foods. When Kenzie purchased 23andMe as a gift for herself and saw a BRCA1 variant in her 23andMe report, one of her first thoughts was “Could my mom have cancer and not know it?” She immediately knew she had to call her mom. “Mom, I have this gene, and I think you need to get tested.”
The two of them made appointments with their doctors for confirmatory testing. After doing so, both were able to take steps to minimize their risks. While Mackenzie is opting to go for a less aggressive route of frequent scans and discussing family planning options, Shannon (a cancer survivor), decided to go ahead with preventative surgeries to lower her risk of developing BRCA-associated cancers.
Both have found new inspiration and an even closer bond throughout their journey. “I'm really proud of my mom, she's taken her health into her hands. Her life is the most important thing to me, she's had both surgeries and decreased her risk greatly. She wanted to show me that she will survive”