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In September 2013, Kate discovered she carried the CDH1 gene mutation. At a very young age, Kate lost her mother to stomach cancer and more recently, her younger sister. Though it seemed extreme at first, she decided the only option would be to have a total gastrechtomy and underwent surgery in February 2014; the day after her 26th birthday. Losing her sister so young and learning about the gene mutation made Kate realise how short life can be and gave her the motivation to start doing the things in life that she’d always wanted to do. This prompted her to start a Bucket List and led to her creating her blog It’s the beginning, not the end to reach out to others carrying the CDH1 gene mutation and to share her stories as she starts to tick off items on her Bucket List.
February 2014