Charlene hopes people will splash the cash for breast cancer charity
10:35 11 June 2014
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After being told she had 85pc chance of developing breast cancer, one woman bravely decided to undergo preventative surgery at just 27 years old.
Charlene Angel-Trueman, mum to Evie, 8 months, from Barroway Drove, near Downham Market, found out that she had inherited the BRCA1 gene from her fathers side of the family.
She also found out that she had 50pc chance of getting ovarian cancer and any children she has will have 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene.
Reflecting on when she received the news, she said: “It seemed to have gone though one ear and out the other at first. But then it hit home and I thought, what am I going to do? I wanted to have children and be around to watch them grow up.”
Back in 2010, Mrs Angel-Trueman’s paternal great-aunt Josie told her that she had discovered that around five female relatives living in the Yorkshire area had died from breast cancer - one of them being only 35 years old.
“I didn’t really think that much of it at the time - I was only in my twenties,” said Mrs Angel-Trueman. “But after a year, I went and saw a genetic councillor.”
So in 2011 she made the brave decision to have a mastectomy and a breast reconstruction.
She said: “People said I handled it really logically and that is how I am, but I was nervous about the operation and I was relieved when it was done.
But now after completing her reconstructive surgery, Mrs Angel-Trueman is now set to take part in the Great East Swim at Alton Water, Suffolk, on Saturday, June 21 to raise money for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.
She said: “I wanted to do the Great East Swim a few years back but couldn’t do it as I had the operation.
“So in the new year, I thought, oh yeah - that was what I was going to do. I wanted to raise money and do something positive.”
Husband Mark is taking part in the Saxon Classic cycling event the same weekend to raise money for prostate cancer, as men with the BRCA1 gene are four times more likely to inherit the disease.
To donate to go to www.justgiving.com/eastswimcharlene.