How to Live With the Cancer You May Never Get

The waiting game is a different experience for every woman with a BRCA gene mutation

Illustration: Cha Pornea

Three years ago, Mary Margaret, 31, from Vermont, learned that her BRCA gene has a mutation that may well one day cause cancer. “I’m not actually sick. I may not ever be sick,” she says. “I’ve just been told I might get something eventually.”