"I feel it is the duty of one who goes his own way to inform society of what he finds on his voyage of discovery."
Carl Gustav Jung
Balance is what I am after; find a way to share my experience while at the same time, I am leaving the past behind and I am moving on. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and since much less was known back then, I was advised not to question its origin, but instead be happy that I survived and move on. And I did exactly that; mainly because of lack of resources. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer metastasised in the lever. This time, there was the necessity and the possibility for me to have a DNA test which revealed I was carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRCA1); a chromosome mutation which is connected to higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer. This time round, I know what I am up against. It is my belief that avoiding triggers like excessive stress, trauma etc and maintaining a healthy life style can be an answer to BRCA1; in my case, prior to both occasions of cancer, there were higher levels of stress and I had chosen (due to ignorance of the consequences) a quite unhealthy life-style. The below websites represent individuals and organizations who supported me throughout the battle with cancer. They are located in different places, mainly The Netherlands, Malaysia, Dubai, Germany and United States. Despite where anyone lives though, their sites either provide enough information for help or give a starting point to anyone seeking for options. I would like to express my gratitude and hope that they can also make a difference for others. Writing it all down fills my heart with warmth while it empties my mind. Thank you!