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5/10/2016I have six sisters and was just diagnosed with IDC. I am the third sister to be diagnosed with bc and I am very worried about the rest of my sisters. Mom is alive never diagnosed with bc. We do not carry the BRACA gene! My youngest sister is 46 and is highly stressed and has put on a lot of weight. I cannot even tell her about my diagnosis because she can't handle bad news. My diagnosis is the worse in the family and my sisters need to be very proactive and avoid at all costs getting this horrible disease. How do I help them? Especially my youngest sister?
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5/10/2016So far half of you then have been diagnosed. And though you don't carry BRCA 1 or 2, you and your sisters already diagnosed likely carry a gene of some kind. it could have come down to you from your dad. we get half of our genes from our moms and the other half from our dads.

your sisters do need to be vigilant. it would be wise to go as a family to a genetics expert and everyone get their risk calculated for them individually, and a plan how to reduce their risk.

your youngest sister is an adult and need to get a grip. She is not doing herself or anyone else a favor by gaining weight and being highly stressed. psychotherapy may be a good direction for her to go because this family history isn't going to go away. Demonstrating to her how to deal with such a crisis hopefully will teach her the importance of not being reactive but instead proactive. some women go on tamoxifen for prevention. some are even more aggressive and get bil mastectomies with reconstruction done. it is a personal choice. Everyone in your family needs to know what is happening though. everyone.

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