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Kyle Koeppel
Kyle Koeppel Mann, 30, is a graduate of New York University and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At the age of 19, she was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, a genetic mutation that causes colon cancer (as well as other cancers). She recently launched, a website dedicated to sharing her experiences and opinions, in the hopes that she can help others be proactive when they may be at risk for a genetic mutation and/or cancer.

Entries by Kyle Koeppel

Missing Mommy

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM

Twenty-three years ago today my mommy died. Naturally, I have always spent this day in mourning. However, as I have grown up, the nature of my grief has transformed. For most of my childhood, I grieved my mom not only for the loss of her as a person, but also...

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It Could Be Something, It Could Be Nothing...

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:17 PM

While I am an eternal optimist, I have trouble not assuming the worst when I am told that something could potentially be cancerous and thus needs to be removed, biopsied, or screened in some other manner. Sadly, my familial experience with cancer, and more specifically with Lynch Syndrome, has left...

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It's That Time of Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 6:02 PM

For most people, the new year is associated with the holiday season. While I have the same 'tis-the-season' feelings this time of year as most, I also always feel anxiety, stress and other strong emotions that accompany my annual cancer screening. I have Lynch syndrome, a genetic mutation...

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How Much Do You Want to Know About Your Unborn Child's DNA?

(28) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 10:41 PM

Access to information is truly astonishing. Noninvasive prenatal testing enables women to learn whether their children have certain abnormalities prior to giving birth. Historically, this kind of screening has been used to detect syndromes that are present and deleterious at birth or in childhood, such as Down Syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease,...

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Diet and Exercise: One Way in Which I Have Embraced Doing What I Can to Keep Myself Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:32 PM

Prior to learning about my mutation at the age of 19, I feared that colon cancer would kill me. I had no medical evidence telling me that I was right, and yet I believed colon cancer would be my demise. Despite feeling this way, I did not follow any recommendations...

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Issues and Discussions Regarding When to Have Children and When to Start Removing Parts of My Body

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 1:29 PM

When you know that a mutation increases the likelihood of your developing cancer, it puts a lot of pressure on you to think about the timeframe in which you should have children and then preventatively remove certain organs and other parts of your body. From day one of learning of...

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Telling the One You're in a Relationship With

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Sharing the fact that you have a genetic mutation with someone you're in a relationship with can be extremely scary. Beyond the threat of you having cancer is the potential that your children will have the mutation as well. There is a 50 percent chance that my children will have...

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Genetic Testing

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 3:29 PM

About 21 years ago, on May 23, 1992, my mommy died from colon cancer at the age of 38. I was 7 and my brothers were 5. In November of 1990, she had an improperly-performed colonoscopy. Her cancer was not detected until three months before she died. Her cancer quickly...

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My Two Moms

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 8:16 PM

I'm sitting in a waiting room with my Mom, Lynne. I'm wearing a hospital gown and feeling extremely weak and uncomfortable. For the past 40 hours, I've been fasting and prepping for my colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. When I look at myself in the mirror, I do not see myself....

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