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Her decision has inspired several of her family members to get genetic testing, some of which followed through with the surgery after tests came back positive.
Heather revealed to Daily Mail Online that she made the choice to remove her stomach so her five-year-old daughter Paige wouldn't have to endure losing her mother like she did.
The gastrectomy attached her esophagus to her small intestine.
My mom, grandma and older sister have all had their gallbladders removed.
For the past month, I have been getting nauseated and/or experiencing pain in my upper belly after many meals.
Now she eats every two to three hours and her intestines can't handle more than two cups of food at a time.
'On the weekends in the hustle and bustle of everything I can forget to eat and all of a sudden it hits me and I'm super tired,' she said.
Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) is an inherited condition and a form of stomach cancer.
It tends to affect much of the stomach rather than staying in one area.
The cancer grows on the outside lining of the stomach and an endoscopy is typically able to detect the cancer once it reaches its final stages.
This was the case of Heather's mother who after feeling sick went in for a scan that didn't detect anything, but six months later the cancer had consumed almost all of her stomach and within months had spread everywhere.
Are my symptoms and family history indicative of gallbladder problems?