My name is Brianna Roby. I am the mother of an incredibly active and hungry seven-year-old boy, a wannabe writer, a girlfriend, a daughter, a runner, a health-nut and a food-lover. Over the past six years, I have been on a journey to become more healthy and learn to be happy with myself and my body. My journey began when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since my aunt (her sister) had died of breast cancer about 15 years prior, we knew there was a family link. My mom was tested for the genetic mutations, BRCA1 and BRCA2, and discovered she was BRCA2 positive. Because of this, my sister and I both had a 50% chance of having the gene as well. Since my sister was only 11 at the time, it was too early for her to be tested because there would be nothing she could really do yet anyway, but I was 25, the prime age to start proactively battling cancer. So I was tested for the BRCA2 gene (since we knew that was the one my mom had). I tested positive as well. In some ways this came as a relief, to know that I will be able to start taking measures to prevent myself from getting breast cancer and to start fighting. In many ways it was very daunting, very scary. Now all of my children will have a 50% chance of getting the gene as well. How can I do that to my future children? How will I tell my then 1-year-old son one day that he may have higher chances than most of getting prostate cancer? But again, I realized that this is a blessing. I decided to pledge to myself and my family that I would start living a healthier lifestyle. So, I joined a medical research study, the Wiser Sister Study, which studies the link between aerobic exercise and hormone rates in women at high risk of breast cancer. This drove me to start running, and I have finished numerous 5K’s, 10K’s, 2 half marathons, and a Rugged Maniac. I hope to eventually have the time to train and complete a full marathon as well.
While completing a health journey, I’ve discovered that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, with lots of hard work. Since I was in high school, I dreamed of being an accomplished writer. So, I have set my mind to writing my first novel. I recently quit a job that was wreaking havoc on my body and making me miserable. Now I finally have the time to work on my craft and express my innermost feelings and musings through my writing on this blog. This blog used to be about my healthy journey, but it will now be my life journey. I am determined to find my happiness and pass that on to others. I believe we can all be happy if we choose to be, so I am choosing happiness.