Nicole Beaulieu's Legacy
When I, Nicole's mom, was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two years ago it was very important to me to receive genetic testing to see if I carried BRCA1 or BRCA2, the "breast cancer" genes. The testing concluded that I didn't carry the gene but I did have the dicer1 mutation. Though current research has not discovered a correlation between breast cancer and the mutation there are a host of other cancers associated with it. My son Michael and daughter were tested and the results were that Michael didn't have the mutation but Nicole did. Because Nicole has two children she had genetic testing done for both Joshua and Madison. Joshua does not carry the mutation, but Madison does. Baseline screening/testing were done on both Madison and Nicole. All of Madison's tests came back negative but it was discovered during mammography and ultrasound followed by biopsy that Nicole had stage 4 triple negative breast cancer - a very aggressive cancer to say the least.
After chemo, followed by a double mastectomy Nicole had a 100% radiological and pathological response to treatment and we believed we were granted a miracle. Roughly six weeks after her treatment Nicole went to the emergency room for a severe headache. Meningitis was suspected and after a lumbar puncture it was determined that Nicole's cancer had matastized to her brain and received a diagnosis of leptomeningeal disease.
After more aggressive treatment beginning in March, Nicole finally lost her courageous battle on October 28, 2020.
When one knows that they are going to die conversations turn to "why" or for what purpose is God calling me home? Nicole not once said "Why, me?" She just questioned what her purpose in life will be. What legacy will she leave behind? For Nicole and our family we are very interested in supporting the research efforts of Dr. Shultz and her amazing team. Nicole believed that her purpose in life may be that others with this mutation will be served by the life-giving gift of blood and tissue that Nicole donated to Dr. Shultz’s research after she passed away.
One hundred percent of funds raised by this fundraiser will go to the dicer1 research. Please consider donating so that Nicole's wishes, her legacy, may be realized.
With heartfelt thanks,
Judi and Mike Bigda