"Three years ago at age 72 I received an email from my first cousin whom I had not heard from in a long time...My mother’s side of our family drifted away after my mother died from pancreatic cancer in 1958. My cousin wanted to let me know that she had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, after a genetic test, discovered she had the BRCA2 gene mutation. She also wrote that another cousin was tested after finding that she had breast cancer. She also had the BRCA2 gene mutation. I knew then that my mother must have been the carrier. I immediately called my doctor to schedule the genetic test..."