When stay-at-home mom and part-time dance teacher, Noreen LaBatt, of Litchfield, NH, turned 40, she did what health-conscious women do, she got a mammogram. Fit, trim, the consummate “soccer mom,” had every expectation it was just a routine baseline and that would be the end of it. Far from it, it was the beginning of a harrowing two year journey that nearly cost her her life.
Diagnosed with advanced invasive lobular carcinoma, further tests revealed LaBatt had the BRCA gene mutation. While less than 1% of women have the defect, those with it face a 60–87% risk for breast cancer and a 20–54% risk for ovarian cancer. LaBatt had a bilateral mastectomy and oophorectomy (ovary removal) followed by chemotherapy, radiation, anti-cancer drug therapy, and full reconstruction.
Angelina Jolie went public in a NY Times op-ed last May about her prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction after she was found to be a BRCA 1 carrier.
“Angelina and I have a lot more in common these days,” LaBatt deadpans recently to a packed house at Campbell High School where she was invited to perform her act, “Thanks for the Mamories,” as part of the Aaron Cutler Library Community Lecture Series. She could pass for Tina Fey’s twin sister.
“Yeah, next time I’m LA we’re going to compare our DNA over soba noodles and discuss joint custody of Brad.” The crowd of women, all ages, roars with laughter as punch line after punch line resonates.
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DR. SUSAN LOVE, MD,
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