The Heaviest Heart: Guilt and Genetic Disease

With the help of her family -- the very daughters who tested positive for the BRCA gene -- Marietta Drucker also came to terms with her guilt.

"As a mother, I understood why she was feeling so guilty," says Drucker's daughter Debbie Sokolov, a cancer survivor who after she was diagnosed with breast cancer began to speak out publicly with her mother about BRCA screening while working for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, a nonprofit that focuses on people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

"But what's amazing, what we kept telling her, is that she saved our lives," Sokolov says. "Knowing I had the gene meant I was able to make the right decisions. She has nothing to feel bad about. I'm alive today because of her. She's my hero."

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