IMG_0852 Shannon Litchy:  founder/editor of the site.  I have a long history of breast, ovarian, and colon cancer on both sides of my family.  It is believed there is an unidentified BRCA mutation in my paternal line.  After a cancer scare in 2009, I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2012.  I am currently cancer-free.  I live in Coronado, CA with my husband, son, three dogs andthree cats.  Before cancer, I was an attorney.  Now, I’m trying to figure out where to go from here.  I started this site in hopes of providing entertainment and insight to those affected by hereditary cancer.  Click the “follow” button to the right to be notified of site updates.  You can also follow me on twitter (@SLLitchy), or email me at


Emily KelleyEmily Kelley:  Contributor, healthy eating and lifestyle.  I am a BRCA 1+ Previvor.  I was tested in July 2012, after 9 years of recommendations from my doctor because I have a history of BC on both my mom & dad’s sides of the family. I am the only one who has been tested so far. My mom is the only woman who has survived breast cancer on either side of my family (she was diagnosed 9 years ago).  In the fall of 2012, I chose to have a preventive bilateral salpingo oophorectomy, followed a fewweeks later by a preventive bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.  I have been married to a wonderful man, & my best friend, since 1996. We have two awesome sons. Conner is now 13, and Carter is 11. We love to do things together, especially outdoor stuff like camping, playing at the beach, hiking, & backpacking. I made the decision for preventive surgery to make sure I’m around to watch my kids grow up. I am going to be here to see the amazing men they will become.


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Galia Farber:  Contributor.  I amthe Production Coordinator for KLRU-TV, the PBS  affiliate in Austin, Texas and home to the world-renowned  Austin City  Limits television show.  I also produced Lone Star Emmy-nominated  SXSW Flashback 2012 and 2013, interviewing, among others, the Deadliest Catch captains and Grumpy Cat.  My two cats, Telo and Camille, were  quite jealous of the latter interview.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy Cardinals baseball, volunteering with animals, trying new Austin  restaurants, and spending time with my family.  Galia’s blog can be found at”

brca world - krystin 2Krystin Tate:  Regular Contributor, Popular Culture/Lifestyle/Health.  I tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation at age 24, in March 2010. In November 2012, I underwent a preventative mastectomy and embarked on a long journey of complications and reconstruction. I reside in Seattle with my boyfriend and I live for the few months of the year when it’s sunny. Outside of my job as a recruiter, I spend a lot of time volunteering, reading, and watching terrible reality television.


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