Hi there! I’m Mary Lemusu, 31 year old mum of two young amazing children, from New Zealand and residing in Australia. I am passionate about my health and wellbeing and that of my children, and believe we should all strive to be the best version of ourselves. I am a firm believer in things happening for a reason and believe we need to make the most of every challenge put before us.
I have recently discovered that I am a carrier of the CDH1 gene mutation, which basically puts me at a high risk (up to 80%) of developing an extremely rare form of gastric cancer (at any age) and also a high risk of developing a rare type of breast cancer (lobular) which is also difficult to detect. To date, the only preventative measure for this type of gastric cancer is to have a prophylactic (preventive) total gastrectomy – basic terms: Complete removal of the stomach.
The purpose of my blog is to:
- share my journey with family and friends
- educate and raise awareness of what it means to be a carrier of the CDH1 gene mutation
- share some tips and recipes to assist in living a healthy lifestyle
I hope to reach out to anyone who may be going through a similar journey, and I also believe this will be a healing process for myself as I take on this new chapter in my life.
That said, Welcome to my new Blog where I will share my journey with you…. (see first post ‘ A Broken Heart‘)
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