Kate has known about her BRCA1+ mutation since she was 28 years old. After her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40s, Kate sought genetic testing and herself as well as mother and sister all found out they had a mutation. Kate spent the next 10 years screening with MRI/mammograms and pelvic ultrasounds with no abnormal findings. After having two children she decided to look more into what preventative surgeries would entail. That same year, her younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Seeing her sister have to make so many life-changing decisions about her health and body in such a short amount of time prompted her to take control of her journey. She sought to build up a support network of doctors she trusted and who offered a holistic view of cancer prevention and focused on what she could control and sought to make decisions from a place of empowerment instead of fear. She shares her story to encourage others to advocate for themselves and trust their bodies. Outside of educating others through the Rivkin platforms, she works in Merchandising for a sustainable, women-founded and led clothing brand in Northern California as well as supports families postpartum through infant and toddler sleep consulting. She loves to stay active outdoors, exploring nature and traveling with her husband and two small children.