Women's Health

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Woman Becomes Her Sister's Surrogate

Despite a negative family history with the gene, Erin does not have it

Randi had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, which gives a heightened risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Therefore, she is going to have a preventative hysterectomy.

Unfortunately, the gene runs in the family. Her grandmother died of ovarian cancer, her father tested positive for the gene, and her sister also tested positive, and went on to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure. Erin does not have the gene.

Erin had her embryos tested for the BRCA1 gene, and only the ones that showed to be negative were selected to be implanted.

Erin's husband Zach says, "we are grateful and fortunate and lucky." He has been extremely supportive throughout the entire process, and was at the forefront of his wife's treatment, assisting in the administration of the shots she needed that would prepare Erin's body to be ready for the embryos that would be implanted.