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Two days after her 30th birthday in
2017, Jess Braude was riding high.
She had just enjoyed wonderful
birthday celebrations with beloved
family and friends and was looking
forward to a year of happiness,
love and joy with her childhood
sweetheart Travers Marony, also 30 at
the time. Neither of them could have
imagined their world would be turned
upside down just two days later.
But then, the unthinkable
happened. Doctors found a lump in
her breast.
‘It was two days after my birthday

  • can you believe it?’ she asks with
    a wry smile. ‘I mean, I knew there
    may have always been a chance – I
    discovered that I had the BRCA2
    gene in October 2016, so I was having
    six-monthly testing anyway. But to
    find out so close to my birthday was a
    bit of a rude shock!
    ‘On my second-ever test in July
    2017, they found a one-centimetre
    lump. It turned out to be breast
    cancer, specifically triple-negative
    breast cancer. Triple-negative breast
    cancer is a cancer that tests negative
    for oestrogen, progesterone and HER2
    ‘Put simply, it’s the worst kind, as
    it’s considered to be more aggressive
    and have a poorer prognosis than
    other types of breast cancer, mainly
    because there are no targeted
    medicines that treat triple-negative
    breast cancer.’
    If there was a silver lining, it was
    probably that Jess and Travers had
    been together for over a decade,
    so the conversation about fertility
    preservation wasn’t as highly
    pressured as it might be for those
    who’d just started a relationship, or
    indeed, those who are single.
    ‘Travers and I had been together
    for 12 years, so we were in a lifelong Jess and Travers remain positive and bouyant

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