I currently live in Vancouver, Canada and I am a world traveller, Blogger, friend, sister, aunt, daughter, niece, wine lover, post-wine booty shaker, writer, dreamer, and breast cancer survivor. I found out at the age of 20 that I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation and after careful screening through a high risk program with the BC Cancer Agency, I had two biopsies in the fall of 2009 and was diagnosed with a Stage One, Grade 3 tumour in October of 2009. Within 2 1/2 weeks of my diagnosis, I had a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection. In January of 2010, I went through four rounds of chemo and then had a double mastectomy and partial reconstruction (using tissue expanders) in May of 2010. After getting "inflated" over a few months, I went in for my final surgery in January of 2011. Due to my high risk of ovarian cancer, my doctors have recommended removing my ovaries no later than 40, but at only 32, I am not ready to make that decision yet. I recently returned from a 10 week trip in Africa where I had the chance to volunteer with under privileged children and travel through the breathtaking countries of Namibia and Botswana. I write a blog A Fresh Chapter and am hard at work on a book. To see some of my recent posts and read about the letter I sent to Oprah about my book, come visit me on my blog: www.afreshchapter.com.