- Mastectomy mayhem: hissy fits, hilarity & humility from the front line
- SurThriving – digging deep to stay the course & triiumph over adversity
- Turning chaos into clarity – tapping inner strength, resolve & tenacity
- The previvor approach power & perils of choice
- BRCA1 & BRCA2: cancer risk & genetic testing
Merilee A. Kern, M.B.A., inspires women facing the realities of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, even before a diagnosis, as well as men and women seeking to triumph over any life adversity and turn chaos into clarity!
A woman’s risk of developing breast and / or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a deleterious (harmful) mutation in the BRCA1 gene or the BRCA2 gene.
Men with these mutations also have an increased risk of breast cancer, and both men and women who have harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations may be at increased risk of additional types of cancer.
Genetic tests can check for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in people with a family history of cancer that suggests the possible presence of a harmful mutation in one of these genes.
If a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation is found, several options are available to help a person manage their cancer risk.
Merilee Kern is a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate and proud single soccer mom.
She is also BRCA1 gene positive, putting her at a sharply increased, near guaranteed risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Merilee learned the gene she carried essentially guaranteed a breast and / or ovarian cancer diagnosis in her future.
Merilee bravely opted to take preventive action and have a prophylactic double mastectomy, oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery) and hysterectomy to take her near certain risk of developing one or both cancers down to almost zero.
This as she was mid-divorce and as her mom was losing her own BRCA-related cancer battle.
A serial SurThriver, Merilee has emerged stronger than ever, and now shares her compelling story with you to inspire and uplift.
Downtime and indecisiveness are words that are not in Merilee A. Kern’s vocabulary.