Heather Huus, 32, underwent a gastrectomy in 2016 when a genetic test determined that she carried a gene that put her at an 83 percent risk of developing hereditary stomach cancer and a four percent chance of survival.
The procedure removed her stomach completely, connecting her esophagus to her small intestine where she now has a slightly altered digestive system meaning she cannot feel when she's hungry or full and has to snack every three hours.
My mom, grandma and older sister have all had their gallbladders removed.
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.The difficulties lie in making sure Heather gets enough nutrients.She is not supposed to drink anything before, during or after she eats because the liquid will go through her system too quickly, flushing out the nutrients.It seems as though I can tolerate little of any type of fat.
The only thing that makes my discomfort manageable is Mylanta and Zantac.
Treatments include radiation and chemotherapy as well as a gastrectomy.
It is difficult to detect as the cancer grows on the outside lining of the stomach.
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.
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.